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Ethnographic Sound Archives Online
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Ethnographic Sound Archives Online

Coming in 2017, the highly anticipated Ethnographic Sound Archives Online is an initiative to digitize and make available previously unpublished field recordings that underpin the history of ethnomusicology and that represent research around the world. Curated to integrate field recordings with their contextualizing field notes and supporting field materials, the collection will open new paths for analyzing, interrogating, and connecting historic primary sources from global field sites.

The launch will contain the Sounds of Africa collection, created from Hugh Tracey’s groundbreaking fieldwork across central and southern Africa. Curated in partnership with the International Library of African Music, this is the first time the full collection is available in digital streaming format. In addition to the audio files, it will include digital version of Tracey’s original field notecards with notes and metadata, as well as curated selections from his field journals, adding a layer of context to the original research. Stay tuned to learn more about our archive partners and coming launch content.