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Cooperation with the Digital Archive Center for Music (DACM), Taipei

„Negotiating Ethnicity: Politics and Display of Cultural Identitites in Northeast India“, 4.-6. Juli 2013

Recently, audiovisual collection came under increased threat by the unavailability of replay machines and their spare parts, aggravated by the rapid disappearance of knowledge and skills to professionally use and maintain such equipment. In response to this dangerous development, the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan, is establishing a regional competence center, modelled after the Phonogrammarchiv, with a focus on ethnomusicological materials. In its initial phase, the project concentrates on audio preservation. It was started last May with a local assessment in Taipei by Dietrich Schüller as a basis for further planning.

This was followed by a workshop, 7-18 July, in the Phonogrammarchiv, attended Professor Chun-zen Huang, the Director of DAC, with a team of four technicians and archivists. Directed by Nadja Wallaszkovits the Standards of the IASA Technical Committee have been discussed in principle as well as “hands-on”, exemplified by the archive’s collections, its equipment and its concrete workflows.  Emphasis has been on source-critical signal extraction, alignment and maintenance of equipment, creation of preservation metadata, and the discussion of different data base structure.

Next step to follow is a visit of Nadja Wallaszkovits in Taipei in autumn 2014, aiming at consolidating local installations and the workflow. In its further development, the expansion into video is under consideration. Also, interest was expressed by the Conservatory of Music in Beijing to join in to form a trilateral partnership.

-- online since September 4, 2014 --



Online Exhibition: HINeinSEHEN – HERausHÖREN

Online Exhibition

HINeinSEHEN – HERausHÖREN

Sound and video documents from the Phonogrammarchiv
 

“Saving Our Heritage for the Next Generation” is this year’s motto of UNESCO’s “World Day for Audiovisual Heritage” on 27th October. On this occasion, the Phonogrammarchiv has, for the first time, set up an online exhibition to provide insights into its unique and manifold holdings.

UPDATE:
English version available now!

Link to the exhibition

-- updated May 15, 2014 --



25 Years of the “Eternal Archive” – Audiovisual Archives Changing their Preservation Paradigm

AES Award for Dietrich Schüller

25 years ago, on the occasion of its 90th anniversary (on 27 April), the Phonogrammarchiv hosted the Second UNESCO Consultation of Users and Manufacturers of Technical Equipment for Audio, Film and Television Archives in Vienna (4–7 May 1989). This international group of archivists, technicians and representatives of the manufacturers of recording equipment and storage media was founded in 1987 under the umbrella of UNESCO to monitor the rapid development of digital recording systems. Its aim was to raise a voice for archival concerns, specifically the long-term accessibility of digital documents. Physically stable carriers were not in sight, and ever shorter commercial lifetimes of formats would have made the future availability of replay equipment unrealistic. In view of this scenario, the Vienna Meeting discussed for the first time the continuous digital lossless migration of contents to replace the old paradigm of preserving the original carrier and its replay equipment. For utmost efficiency, migration procedures should be automated.

Despite concerns of traditionally-minded archivists, this principle of “eternal” content migration was swiftly adopted, notably in Europe, where public broadcasters took the lead. The Phonogrammarchiv contributed to the standardisation of processes, specifically to the optimisation of signal extraction from original carriers, which is the scientific precondition for a methodologically impeccable migration principle.

On the occasion of this anniversary, Dietrich Schüller, former director of the Phonogrammarchiv and active supporter of the migration principle, was honoured with a Fellowship Award from the Audio Engineering Society (AES) at its 136th Convention in Berlin (26–29 April). He was also nominated Distinguished Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecturer of the Berlin Convention, delivering a paper entitled Preserving our sound recordings — 25 years since everything changed

-- online since May 5, 2014 --



UVa Phonogrammarchiv Plakat

A look back at the presentation

"Collectors, Archivists and Technology: Indian Scenario!"

by Suresh Chandvankar, Society of Indian Record Collectors (SIRC), Mumbai, India

On 30th April Dr Suresh Chandvankar from Mumbai gave a lecture on “Collectors, Archivists and Technology: Indian Scenario!”. Following a short presentation of the history of India´s record industry, Dr Chandvankar spoke about the record collectors´ situation then and now, about the relationship between private shellac collectors and sound archives, and the “Society of Indian Record Collectors”, co-founded by him some 25 years ago. This event was jointly organised by the Phonogrammarchiv and the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies of the University of Vienna.

-- online since May 5, 2014 --



Online Exhibition: HINeinSEHEN – HERausHÖREN

Online Exhibition

HINeinSEHEN – HERausHÖREN

Sound and video documents from the Phonogrammarchiv
 

“Saving Our Heritage for the Next Generation” is this year’s motto of UNESCO’s “World Day for Audiovisual Heritage” on 27th October. On this occasion, the Phonogrammarchiv has, for the first time, set up an online exhibition to provide insights into its unique and manifold holdings.

UPDATE:
English version available now!

Link to the exhibition

-- updated May 15, 2014 --



A look back at the conference

"Negotiating Ethnicity: Politics and Display of Cultural Identitites in Northeast India"
 

„Negotiating Ethnicity: Politics and Display of Cultural Identitites in Northeast India“, July 4-6, 2013

“Negotiating Ethnicity: Politics and Display of Cultural Identities in Northeast India” was the theme of the conference which took place at the campus AAKH between 4th and 6th July. It was organised by the Institute for Social Anthropology and the Phonogrammarchiv, together with the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies of the University of Vienna. The predominantly international participants – mostly from India – discussed current issues from a number of scholarly disciplines relating to Northeast India. The 44 talks, a photo exhibition and two film screenings were appreciated by over 60 attendees. His Excellency, the Ambassador of India in Austria, R. Swaminathan, and Univ.-Doz. Dr. phil. Michael Alram, vice-president of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, addressed the audience at the opening.

-- online since August 21, 2013 --



European Acoustic Heritage DVD released

Grenoble (2013, by Jürgen Schöpf)Grenoble (2013, by Jürgen Schöpf)

Editor: Jürgen Schöpf
Graphic design: Roman Haynes, Jürgen Schöpf
Mastering: Johannes Spitzbart
Release date: April 30, 2013
© 2013, PhA-ÖAW, TAMK, ENSAG-CRESSON, escoitar

The EU-funded Project “European Acoustic Heritage” has come to a successful end with its last milestone: the double DVD “European Acoustic Heritage” (published by the Phonogrammarchiv, edited by Jürgen Schöpf and mastered by Johannes Spitzbart). This DVD is available for free directly at the Phonogrammarchiv as well as from the European project partners in Tampere, Grenoble and Santiago de Compostela (and can also be ordered for a handling fee). DVD 1 presents a static rendition of the current web page of the project http://europeanacousticheritage.eu, online at least until the end of 2014). Note that we recently added instructions for pedagogical work with sound that can be performed with groups of children as well as adults. This DVD also contains examples in surround sound format, e.g. a ride in a “Fiaker” (horse-drawn carriage) through Vienna’s inner city. DVD 2 contains interviews about sound and acoustic heritage from all European partners. We especially recommend it for teachers of music, history, geography, art, sociology, ... check it out!

-- online since June 10, 2013 --



New Publication within the Series "Mechanical Music":

Vol. 8:
Musik um 1600
Die Automaten in der Kunstkammer des Kunsthistorischen Museums

Vol. 8: Musik um 1600Order CD...

Editor: Helmut Kowar. Editorial Assistance: Gerda Lechleitner.
OEAW PHA CD 34, 2013.

The „Kunstkammer“ holds five automata (four table automata and one art cabinet) with inbuilt organ works: the trumpeter Automaton (1582), the imperial ship (1585), the Bacchus carriage (ca 1602-1606), the Walbaum cabinet (ca 1620/25) and the Minerva carriage (ca 1625-30). These objects have to be rated as one of the earliest musical automata and sounding sources existing. In the course of recent restoration works it was possible to recreate their musical output. Due to conservational reasons the music of the trumpeter automaton, the imperial ship and the Bacchus carriage had to be reconstructed. The realization took advantage of partly well-preserved musical information on the automata’s program carriers (discs and wheels) and of the still functioning pipes and drums of the automata. Thus the reconstructions give the true and authentic sound of the historical performance. The status of the organ works of the Walbaum cabinet and the Minerva carriage allowed repair of their mechanics and playback of their music. Every automaton presents its scenery together with an appropriate music. The music is surprisingly complex and displays unique examples of a performance practice showing improvised passages. The sound recordings are accompanied by transcriptions of all musical pieces.

-- online since May 24, 2013 --