Holdings of Sound and Video Documents
The Phonogrammarchiv collects audio-recordings from all fields of research.
At present the archive's holdings comprise ca. 73,000 items, representing a total playing time of ca. 13,000 hours (including ca. 1,500 hours of video recordings).
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The archive's collections result from
- external research projects
Recording projects conducted by institutes and individual researchers from various disciplines which have been supported technologically and methodologically by the Phonogrammarchiv; the resulting recordings are in return deposited in the archive.
- projects of staff members
Recording projects conducted by the archive's curators in selected fields which thematically as well as methodologically break new ground; the experience gained in these projects forms the basis for consulting in external projects.
- acquired audio-collections,
which originated without the archive's support.
- parallel storage of historical recording series of partner archives
Duplicates of re-recordings of other sound archives, produced in the Phonogrammarchiv's laboratory, or with our help.
- Voice Portraits
Speeches, remarks, recitations, etc. by renowned personages from politics, sciences, arts and humanities. Collecting such voice portraits was a focus of interest in the archive's earlier days. Since 1960 this task has been taken over by the Österreichische Mediathek.
Christiane Fennesz-Juhasz: Die Sondersammlung und andere "besondere" Bestände des Phonogrammarchivs. pdf-file.
Helmut Kowar: Die musikethnologischen BestÃ¤nde des Phonogrammarchivs. pdf-file.
- Ethnolinguistics and Dialectology
Schabus, Wilfried: Die BestÃ¤nde des Phonogrammarchivs an Sprachaufnahmen. pdf-file.
- Cultural Anthropoly and Folklore
Live recordings from cultural life, of rites and traditions (e.g. initiation rites, rain making ceremonies, healings, obsequies, prayers, weddings, celebrations, etc.)
Oral traditions (fairytales, legends, tales, myths, ...)
- Musical Automata http://www.phonogrammarchiv.at/Mechanical_Music/
Kowar, Helmut: "Audiomedien" vor und neben Edison: Die Musik der automatischen Musikinstrumente. pdf-file
- Medicine and Natural Sciences
- Environmental Sounds and Noises
- Early Collections
- Research foci since the 1950s
Since 1996 video documentations complementing sound recording projects of the archive's staff, e.g. "Music of the Jewish Community in Vienna", "Traditional Viennese Music" and "Music of the Religions in Vienna".
- Musical Automata