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The Latvian “nightingale” Elfrīda Pakule

Historical sound recordings are treasures that, since the end of 19th century, inform us about musical life, about performers and about musical interpretation. We would like to tell you about one of the great 20th century Latvian opera voices, a coloratura soprano, whose recording legacy is a powerful witness to her remarkable voice.

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How are vinyl records made?

In the French cult film “Amélie” the young heroine imagines how a record is created: like making a crepe, you pour a liquid substance onto a hot, circular surface and smooth out the “batter” of the record with a wooden stick. Finally you apply the paper label firmly in the middle. And the record is […]

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Travelling through Mongolia with two gramophones

Enjoy a guest post by Sabine Schostag, Statsbiblioteket, edited by Imogen Greenhalgh. A version of this post appeared first on February 4, 2016 on Europeana Sounds blog. This is a story about Danish traveller and adventurer Henning Haslund-Christensen and his expeditions to Inner Mongolia. During his travels, Haslund-Christensen collected voices. In fact, this is the […]

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The cat that ate the candle and the ewe with the crooked horn

This blog post was originally released on the Europeana Sounds blog. After a nice journey through Europeana Sounds items related to goats , let’s continue our series on animals and sounds with some fascinating resources held by the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA).

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Sounds to celebrate Capricorn!

This is a guest post by Tom Miles from The British Library. This post appeared first on January 7, 2016 on Europeana Sounds blog. A happy new year to all of you. At Europeana Sounds we’ve just recently had another publication of metadata onto Europeana: we have now aggregated just shy of 200,000 records, very much on […]

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How does a Greek traditional lullaby sound?

This is a guest post by Marianna Anastasiou, The Music Library of Greece of the Friends of Music Society, CC BY-NC. This post appeared first on September 21, 2015 on Europeana Sounds blog. How does a Greek traditional lullaby sound? How did women used to put babies to sleep in Greece 100 years ago? You […]

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Recording and playing machines through time: a virtual exhibition

Today another guest post by Emilie Vaisman from National Library of France about the latest virtual exhibition created in cooperation with Europeana.  The text first appeared on Europeana Sounds blog on August 31, 2015.  Visit a museum from home and travel back in time to explore a rich history of technical innovations and discover their social and cultural […]

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Field recording Irish traditional music

Today we have a guest post by Maeve Gebruers, Printed Materials Officer at Irish Traditional Music Archive. It was first published on Europeana Sounds blog on August 12, 2015. As well as collecting the contemporary and historic materials of Irish traditional music published by others, the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) has, for the past twenty-three years, operated […]

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