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Sources of ethnomusicology

Sources of ethnomusicology
Trompe : instrument de musique ethnique © Gallica.bnf.fr

The project entails the digitization, documentation, and promotion of ethnomusicological auditory and audiovisual archives conserved at the French National Library (BnF), the Quai Branly Museum, and the Center for Research in Ethnomusicology (CREM) of the Laboratory of Ethnology and Comparative Sociology (LESC). The objective is to pursue the digitization and documentation of emblematic archival collections (great scientific events, exhibitions, and producers), and to make them available to different audiences by creating links between complementary but disparate collections. On this occasion, a common ethnomusicological frame of reference (music instruments, voice, dance, etc.) will be developed, thereby constituting a first step for the sharing of data. What is at stake with this project is the facilitation of access to these heritage collections, the wider distribution of the world’s oral musical traditions, and innovative modes of digital access.
Building on this first step, other French and European institutions with similar collections can become program partners.

Project leader
Pascal CORDEREIX, chief curator of libraries, Audiovisual Department, section chief for sound documents, French National Library (BnF)

Internal cluster partners
French National Library (BnF);
Quai Branly Museum, media library;
Laboratory of Ethnology and Comparative Sociology (LESC, UMR 7186, CNRS – University of Paris West), Center for Research in Ethnomusicology (CREM)

Duration of the project’s first phase: 3 years (2012-2014)