Tuesday 31 January 2017

Eavesdropping on European sound archives: Europeana Radio

Europeana Radio
Europeana Radio, which launched in January 2017, is a project which allows people to hear music from national libraries and sound archives, making archive recordings easily available on the net for the first time. The on-line portal (http://www.europeana.eu/portal/en/radio.html) allows you to play in radio mode, having a random selection of recordings or you can search away to your hearts content. It is quite seductive, just selecting the Classical or the Folk and Traditional Music genre and listening away. Many of the recordings are short, just tantalising glimpses into the recorded past.

The project is currently crowdsourcing the tagging of the recordings available, and the portal allows people to add tags to recordings they recognise with the aim of getting 10,000 of the archive's recordings. tagged.

The project is part of Europeana Sounds which links an impressive number of institutions.  (British Library (BL), Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (NISV), ‎Kennisland (KL), Europeana, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF), Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), NET7 SRL, Historypin (HP), Centre national de la Recherche scientifique (CNRS), UAB DIZI, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (DNB), Music Library of Greece of the Friends of Music Society (FMS), Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle biblioteche italiane (ICCU), Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA), The Language Archive at MPI-PL (TLA), The National Library of Latvia (NLL), Österreichische Mediathek (OeM), Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB), Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (SMO), Statsbiblioteket (SB), Austrian National Library (ONB), Institute of Contemporary History – Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCSH), Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann

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