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Europeana Sounds Newsletter
24 December 2015

2015 has been quite a year for Europeana Sounds, with 124,963 records published on Europeana, the success of our first international conference and the reach of significant milestones like the release of the Europeana Music Collections (beta version) or our Music Information Retrieval Pilot. 2016 promises to be an exciting and productive year as well!

In the meantime the Europeana Sounds team wishes you a wonderful holiday season!

Warm up with a Greek Christmas carol

The Music Library of Greece of the Friends of Music Society (FMS) harmonized with Christmas festive spirit is adding to Europeana Sounds Blog a traditional Christmas song, sung by an amateur male singer chorus in Nea Vyssa village, in the prefecture of Evros in northern Greece.

Discover Europeana Sounds’ Music Information Retrieval Pilot

The Europeana Sounds project aggregates metadata records corresponding to hundreds of thousands audio-related objects and makes them available via the Europeana portal, Channels and API. The described content ranges from music to interviews, animal or ambient sounds, broadcasts, news, etc. The huge variety of audio content makes this collection both fascinating and challenging.

Explore the Europeana Music Collections

Back in August, we invited you to try out the test version of the Europeana music channel, now called the Europeana Music Collections.

Overture to Don Giovanni by W. A. Mozart

“He who remains faithful to one is being cruel to the others; I, who have an overabundance of sentiment, love them all.” – Don Giovanni, Act 2, Scene 1

“The record industry has been multinational from the very beginning” – Meet with Pekka Gronow

This blog series introduce you the members of Europeana Sounds’ Advisory Board which gathers experts in core areas relevant to the project. Many thanks to Pekka Gronow for answering our questions! Could you introduce yourself and your career path? I was born in Helsinki in 1943. I studied ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) and […]

13 desserts and two songs for Christmas!

We suggest you prepare 13 desserts while listening to two Christmas songs from other parts of the world, as this happy choir song “Joy to the World” recorded in the Marshall Islands in 1952, that will enlighten your night:

”Maamme” (Our country), brief history of the Finnish national anthem

”Maamme” (Our country), the national anthem of Finland, must be one of the most international of all national anthems. The music was composed by a German immigrant, the lyrics were originally written in Swedish, and the same melody, with different lyrics, also serves as the national anthem of Estonia.

Watch Matthew Herbert mix soundscapes, field recordings and music from the Europeana Sounds collections

During the conference “Europeana Sounds 2015: The Future of Historic Sounds”, the British electronic musician and producer Matthew Herbert offered a live session focusing on the artist’s perspective about archive sound and reuse.