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Jahrbuch 5 des Phonogrammarchivsorder Volume 5 of the Yearbook

Hot from the press – Volume 5 of the Phonogrammarchiv’s Yearbook!

Yearbook 5 heralds a new era. From now on, it will be published by the Austrian Academy of Sciences Press under the trend-setting title International Forum on Audio-Visual Research – Jahrbuch des Phonogrammarchivs. Content-wise, the focus will be twofold: on technical topics (such as recording technique, long-term preservation and re-recording), and on the content-related analysis/evaluation of audio and video sources preserved and documented in the Phonogrammarchiv. The Yearbook thus serves as an international platform for the exchange of thoughts on such topics among specialists.

The five contributions of this volume reflect this very purpose: on the one hand, there are technically-focused and content-related articles, and on the other, the inner and outer perspectives are accommodated. What all contributions share is the fact that technical and content-related matters and approaches complement, and rely on, each other.

Table of contents [PDF]

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Kleemeyer 170 (Flötenuhr)order CD

New CD release:

Kleemeyer 170

Dittersdorf, Haydn, Martín y Soler and Pleyel on the twelve barrels of flute clock no. 170 by Christian Ernst Kleemeyer, Berlin.

Recordings and commentary: Helmut Kowar.

Complete audio edition of all extant historical barrels of the flute clock made by Christian Ernst Kleemeyer in Berlin in 1793. Recorded in 2009 within the Phonogrammarchiv’s research project on the documentation of mechanical musical instruments, total playing time: 77:38 minutes.

Cuvillier Verlag, Göttingen, published in May 2015.

Visit our Audio Publications site for a sound sample from this publication.

-- online since June 18, 2015 --



Conference review:

Jahrbuch 4 des PhonogrammarchivsLink to the conference website

“Armonie și precizie în muzica mecanică”

Between 22 and 24 May 2015, the Muzeul Ştiinţei şi Tehnicii “Ştefan Procopiu” (Iași, Romania) – with the support of the Institutul Cultural Român – held a conference devoted to the music of mechanical musical instruments, entitled “Armonie și precizie în muzica mecanică”. Helmut Kowar was invited to give two papers ("An overall view on the history and diversity of mechanical automata" and "Haydn's and Mozart's compositions for musical automata"). The conference contributions will be published in a separate volume of proceedings.

-- online since June 18, 2015 --



Series 13: Recordings in Egypt (Junker 1911) and the Archive (Stigler 1912–1913)order CD

New publication in the series “The Complete Historical Collections 1899–1950”:

Series 13:
Recordings in Egypt (Junker 1911) and the Archive (Stigler 1912–1913)

Kenzi-Dongolawi, Nobiin and Arabic – Dholuo and Luganda

Editors: Clemens Gütl, Gerda Lechleitner, Christian Liebl.
Comments by Michael Achenbach, Marianne Bechhaus-Gerst, Clemens Gütl, Daniel Ochieng Orwenjo and Birgit Pack.
OEAW PHA CD 35, 2014.

Two CD series devoted to African languages have so far been released by the Phonogrammarchiv: Rudolf Pöch’s Kalahari Recordings (1908) and The Collection of Father Franz Mayr: Zulu Recordings 1908. The present edition combines two further historical collections of spoken and sung recordings from the African continent. The first contains 14 field recordings (in Kenzi-Dongolawi, Nobiin and Arabic) made in winter 1911 during the Linguistic Expedition to Nubia, led by the famous Egyptologist Hermann Junker. The second collection includes six sound documents in Dholuo and Luganda; recorded at the Phonogrammarchiv between 1912 and 1913 at the instigation of the physiologist Robert Stigler, they feature the voices of “Kilimandjaro” Mori Duise and Simon Kasajja. The result of both international and interdisciplinary collaboration, the present publication again follows the well-established concept of the Phonogrammarchiv’s CD edition: alongside the digitised original recordings and protocols, it comprises scholarly contributions on the context and protagonists as well as modern transcriptions of the recording contents complete with English translations.

Visit our Audio Publications site for a selection of sound samples from this publication.

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Sala Muratori

CD presentation at the conference “Friedrich Schürr in Romagna”
(Ravenna, 10 October 2014)

In 1914, Friedrich Schürr, the Vienna-born Romance scholar, conducted the first phonographic field research in the area of dialectology in Italy. Equipped with the Phonogrammarchiv’s Archivphonograph, he made 23 recordings of various Romagnol dialects in Ravenna and Forlì. 100 years later, these unique sound documents were published by the Phonogrammarchiv on its CD Friedrich Schürr’s Recordings from Romagna (1914) – in cooperation with the Centro per il Dialetto Romagnolo of the Fondazione Casa di Oriani, and with the financial support from the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Ravenna. The study day organised on this occasion included several presentations by the editors and contributors of this publication, on Schürr’s life and work as well as the Phonogrammarchiv and its historical holdings. The event took place on 10 October 2014 in the Sala Muratori of Ravenna’s time-honoured Biblioteca Classense (pictured on the right). This was symbolic in two ways: the librarian Santi Muratori always readily assisted Schürr in his research, and it was exactly forty years ago that Friedrich Schürr was awarded honorary citizenship of Ravenna, where also his estate is housed.

Programme [PDF]

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Series 14: Friedrich Schürr’s Recordings from Romagna (1914)order CD

New publication in the series “The Complete Historical Collections 1899–1950”:

Series 14:
Friedrich Schürr’s Recordings from Romagna (1914)

Editors: Cristina Ghirardini, Gerda Lechleitner, Christian Liebl.
Comments by Sanzio Balducci, Cristina Ghirardini, Franz Lechleitner, Gerda Lechleitner, Christian Liebl and Nadja Wallaszkovits.
OEAW PHA CD 37, 2014.

This unique collection of 23 Phonogramme featuring various Romagnol dialects was compiled in 1914 in Ravenna and Forlì, where Friedrich Schürr, the Vienna-born Romance scholar, conducted the first phonographic field research in the area of dialectology in Italy. The recordings comprise not only Schürr’s “Normalsätze” (standardised sentences specially created by him), but also weekday and month names, individual phrases and proverbs as well as dialect poems or prose.

The publication, which is the result of the fruitful cooperation between the Phonogrammarchiv and the Centro per il Dialetto Romagnolo of the Fondazione Casa di Oriani, was funded by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Ravenna. It contains not only an audio CD plus booklet, but also a data CD with supplementary material and Italian translations of most of the booklet contributions.

Visit our Audio Publications site for a selection of sound samples from this publication.

-- online since November 17, 2014 --



Jahrbuch 4 des Phonogrammarchivs

Hot from the press – Volume 4 of the Phonogrammarchiv’s Yearbook!

Volume 4 is almost exclusively devoted to “Relationships of Speech Tone and Music” – a topic which reflects the Phonogrammarchiv’s interdisciplinary approach. The contributions emanate from a workshop held at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, jointly organised by the Phonogrammarchiv and the ICLTT (Institute for Corpus Linguistics and Text Technology). This time’s field research report is on the Wayuu and permits insights into the underlying research design and methodology as well as the use of audio and video recording. Two reviews of recent publications in the areas of cultural studies, anthropology and ethnomusicology, together with the Progress Report for 2012, round off this volume.

Available from: Cuvillier Verlag, Göttingen

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