The First Sound Recordings of the Archives of Latvian Folklore, Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia

In 1924, six years after the foundation of the Latvian State, the Archives of Latvian Folklore (ALF) were founded. The aim of this institution was “to collect, publish and study” Latvian folklore. […]

January 30th, 2017|News, Sound categories|0 Comments

December 1 – Get ready for the Europeana Sounds Christmas Warm-Up!

As winter sets in and we pass the first advent, it fell to me to offer up a Christmas themed recording. As I searched Europeana Sounds for something suitable, I spotted this recording, “Christmas Eve in Old England”. This recording is a wax cylinder recording from the Istituto Centrale per i Beni Sonori ed Audiovisivi (ICBSA), our project partners in Italy, and the date is from around 1900-1909. […]

December 1st, 2016|Music, News|0 Comments

Enriching Wikipedia with recordings from the Ruben collection

Report from a successful edit-a-thon October 26, 2016. About 25 participants eagerly awaited the beginning of the edit-a-thon at Statsbiblioteket. Most of the participants were musicology students; furthermore, a couple of history students and staff members from Statsbiblioteket were also present. They knew they were going to spend the day writing a key article on [...]

November 10th, 2016|Music, News, Spoken word recordings|0 Comments

Major Danish poet Jeppe Aakjær on wax cylinders

Statsbiblioteket holds a collection of previously privately owned wax cylinders . Until we digitised the cylinders, the collection was quite a mystery. It had nearly no metadata at all. We had, so to speak, to listen to the recordings to discover the content. Some of the wax cylinders turned out to be recordings of Jeppe Aakjær lyrics. […]

March 12th, 2015|News, Spoken word recordings|0 Comments

Release of Japanese recordings online

Born from the new partnership between the National Library of France (BnF) and the National Diet Library in Japan, the France-Japan digital exhibition opened its virtual gates in December 2014. […]

January 15th, 2015|Music, News, Spoken word recordings|0 Comments

Bertha von Suttner – An unheard Voice from the Past

In 1914, on the 21st of June, the Austrian Peace Nobel Prize laureate Bertha von Suttner died at the age of 71 in Vienna. The Österreichische Mediathek preserves a unique object, which commemorates this important peace activist: The only surviving sound recording of the voice of Bertha von Suttner!! […]

July 10th, 2014|News, Spoken word recordings|0 Comments