Cultural Middlesmen: Jiddish Songs and Sound Impressions at the Beginning of the 20th Century – A glimpse of Eastern Europe’s lost Shtetl Culture

“On Friday nights, every Jew is a king” (“fraytik for der nakht iz a yeder yid a meylekh), the song Fratig ze nachts (On Friday night), rhapsodises nostalgic images of an ideal Jewish day of rest. The song, among other Yiddish-speaking recordings in the findings of the Österreichische Mediathek, allows a glimpse back on Jewish life in Eastern Europe. From the beginning of the 20th century until the outbreak of the Second World War, Lviv/Lemberg, then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, was one of the most important centres of Jewish music and culture. […]

January 24th, 2017|News, Sound categories|0 Comments

How you can travel the world instantly with 3,000 sounds from Europeana

The creak of footsteps in the snow. The thwack of a snow shovel making contact with the pavement. An eerie alarm coming from an apartment building. A dog barking, his woof echoing off surrounding buildings. The sound of a metro train stopping, the pistons forcing the doors open. That whoosh as a train stops on the platform behind you. Horses hooves on cobbles as a tram rattles past – two centuries crashing into each other. The whizz pop of video games, and the clink of coins being won in an amusement arcade – a sound from childhood holidays. […]

May 11th, 2015|Environment recordings, News|0 Comments

“We are living an age which is celebrating and exploring as never before the world of listening” – Meet with David Hendy

Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Sussex in Brighton (United Kingdom), David Hendy is a researcher in the fields of cultural History and Multimedia sound, author of four books, essays and a regular contributor to several academic journals. The British audience got to know him through the 30 episode series on BBC radio 4 that inspired his latest book: Noise: a Human History of sound and listening. […]

October 13th, 2014|News|0 Comments

“Noise gives sensual depth to the great struggles of the past” – Meet with David Hendy

Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Sussex in Brighton (United Kingdom), David Hendy is a researcher in the fields of cultural History and Multimedia sound, author of four books, essays and a regular contributor to several academic journals. The British audience got to know him through the 30 episode series on BBC radio 4 that inspired his latest book: Noise: a Human History of sound and listening. Here is the first part of our interview with David Hendy. […]

October 10th, 2014|News|4 Comments

A warm welcome!

We are pleased to announce the official opening of europeanasounds.eu. Throughout the lifespan of the project, this will be a space dedicated to listening, discussion and discovery. We will be featuring regular contributions from all of the institutions involved in the project, from Athens to the Isle of Skye. As well as regular updates on [...]

June 2nd, 2014|News|3 Comments