Photo: Medardo Mori Silvano, indigenous research partner, with the data hard disk drive; Bernd Brabec de Mori; two students; academic director Julio César Gonzales Cotrina with the CD collection (from left to right)

Repatriation of recordings of indigenous vocal music in Western Amazonia

In a solemn ceremony on 16 July 2017, Bernd Brabec de Mori handed over a collection of audio-visual recordings and their documentation to the indigenous university UCSS Nopoki Atalaya. This event took place during the conference “Encuentro internacional de investigación colaborativa intercultural”, held at this institution in Atalaya, Ucayali Province, Perú. Internationally renowned scholars and indigenous researchers, representatives of indigenous communities as well as students and teachers of the university were invited.
Photo: Medardo Mori Silvano, indigenous research partner, with the data hard disk drive; Bernd Brabec de Mori; two students; academic director Julio César Gonzales Cotrina with the CD collection (from left to right)

The recordings were made between 2004 and 2006 by Bernd Brabec de Mori in cooperation with several indigenous research partners in the course of the research project “IMUI – Investigación de música indígena en el valle del rio Ucayali” (funded by a DOC scholarship from the Austrian Academy of Sciences). Subsequently archived at the Phonogrammarchiv, they comprise songs from the indigenous groups of the Yine, Asháninka, Ashéninka, Amin Waki, Shipibo-Konibo, Iskobakebo, Kakataibo, Kukama-Kukamiria, Kechua and Kichwa.
The collection handed over consists of 43 edited CDs and three DVDs as well as, in addition, a hard disk drive containing the audio and video recordings, the CD/DVD covers and Bernd Brabec de Mori’s PhD thesis. The CDs had been compiled and edited by Brabec during his field research in order to repatriate the songs to the respective village communities and individuals. Since a great number of these CDs had meanwhile become broken or lost (or had never reached their destinations in the first place), a complete set was handed over to the Nopoki University. This – together with the files on the hard disk drive – will ensure that new copies for the respective communities can be produced at any time, and that the data are available for teaching and regional research projects.
Moreover, Bernd Brabec de Mori presented the recordings of the Yine group to Rittma Urquía Sebastián (Ministerio de Cultura) so that they can be considered in her ongoing work for a dictionary of this language. Finally, through the good offices of linguist Carolina Rodríguez, the corpus of recordings of the Iskobakebo is likewise being repatriated to the source community.

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Indian Recordings (Exner 1904–05, Archive 1918)CD bestellen

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

Series 16:
Epic Folk Songs from Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Collection of Matija Murko (1912, 1913)

Editors: Gerda Lechleitner & Christian Liebl
Comments: Muhamed Arnaut, Tamara Karača Baljak, Franz Lechleitner, Gerda Lechleitner, Johannes Spitzbart, Jasmina Talam
OEAW PHA CD 40, 2017.

This edition – comprising the collections of Matija Murko, made in 1912 and 1913 – releases all his recordings preserved in the Phonogrammarchiv; it also aims to shed light on Murko’s research and phonographic fieldwork in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which he carried out just before the outbreak of World War I.
Murko was convinced that his research into epic singing could be improved considerably by using a recording device. Although Murko’s activities are quite well known, e.g. from his publications (1913 and 1915), his sound recordings are still waiting to be noticed and distributed. Murko was supported by the Balkan Commission and the Phonogrammarchiv (both part of the former Imperial Academy of Sciences in Vienna); moreover, Murko’s results can be considered the basis for Milman Parry’s ground‐breaking research in the field of orality, since his meeting with Murko in Paris in 1928 stimulated Parry’s studies in former Yugoslavia.
This edition could not have been prepared had it not been for the fruitful cooperation with the University of Sarajevo, Academy of Music, Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology. The two ethnomusicologists, Jasmina Talam and Tamara Karača Beljak, have been known to us for years and so it was a welcome opportunity to have them as specialists for this publication. It is to their efforts that we owe the transcriptions of the (partly rather bad) recordings and the insightful comments concerning Murko’s research and results in relation to contemporary and later scholars. Moreover, Muhamed Arnaut compiled a dictionary of old and lesser known Bosnian words found in Murko’s recordings for better understanding of the epic songs as recited more than 100 years ago. For ethnomusicologists and researchers of folk literature, Murko’s recordings are extremely valuable because they represent a manner of performing epic songs which one can no longer find in contemporary live folk musical practice.

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

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Jahrbuch 7 des Phonogrammarchivs

The Phonogrammarchiv delegates the future Presidency of the Audio Engineering Society

With over 12,000 members, Audio Engineering Society, Inc. (AES) is the world's largest professional association dedicated to audio engineering. Founded in 1948 in the United States, AES has developed into an international organization, bringing together audio engineers, creative artists, academics and students around the world, thos supporting technical progress in audio technology. AES organizes international conferences, publishes a scientific journal (JAES, since 1953) and develops standards and recommendations for all areas of sound engineering.

With the election of the Phonogrammarchiv-employee Nadja Wallaszkovits as President Elect, an Austrian will be at the top of this influential organization from 2018 onwards.

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-- online since September 14, 2017 --

Buchcover "Facetten von Flucht aus dem Nahen und Mittleren Osten"Order publication

New Book Publication:

Facetten von Flucht aus dem Nahen und Mittleren Osten.

Edited by Susanne Binder & Gebhard Fartacek, 2017.
320 pages, paperback. ISBN 978-3-7089-1452-7

This reader contains first research results of the Phonogrammarchiv-project:
The personal backgrounds of and prospects for Syrian war refugees in Austria: an interview project

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Indian Recordings (Exner 1904–05, Archive 1918)order CD

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

Series 15/1:
Indian Recordings (Exner 1904–05, Archive 1918)

Editors: Ulla Remmer, Christian Liebl, Gerda Lechleitner.
Comments and preparation of texts: Ulla Remmer.
OEAW PHA CD 38, 2016.

Series 15/1 of the Indian Recordings comprises two audio CDs with the oldest sound documents of Indian origin preserved in the Phonogrammarchiv; those dating from 1929 (Schomerus Collection) will be published as Series 15/2 in due course. The first of the two collections in the present edition was compiled by the meteorologist Felix Exner in the course of his research trip to India in 1904–05; its total of 68 recordings contain primarily samples of recitation of Sanskrit and Vedic literature, but also a few works in Malayalam, Telugu, Marathi, Hindustani and Tamil. In 1918, another eight recordings were made in the Phonogrammarchiv in Vienna; they feature Har Dayal and Umrao Singh Sher-Gil, two outstanding personalities in the anti-colonial movement of India, reciting literature in Sanskrit, Hindi, Urdu, Braj Bhasha and Awadhi.

With the present edition, the historical Indian holdings of the Phonogrammarchiv are for the first time made publicly audible. The enclosed documentation provides information about the context of the recordings and the texts chosen as well as about the Indian reciters and other persons or institutions involved.

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

-- online since December 22, 2016 --

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