Vienna Phonogrammarchiv launching its first online exhibition

“Saving Our Heritage for the Next Generation” – this year’s motto is also what the Phonogrammarchiv of the Austrian Academy of Sciences has successfully lived up to - since 1899.

On the occasion of the “World Day for Audiovisual Heritage” 2013, the Phonogrammarchiv has set up an online exhibition to provide insights into its unique and manifold holdings chiefly from the areas of ethnomusicology, cultural anthropology and linguistics.

The audio and video samples showcased are the result of over 100 years of field research worldwide. They range from the Historical Collections 1899–1950 (listed in the World Register of UNESCO’s “Memory of the World” Programme) to sound and video documents from the 21st century, including the oldest sound recordings from Brazil, teahouse music of Afghanistan or the Indian Menthoko festival.

Also featured are the first scholarly German dialect recording and the voices of two figures from fin-de-siècle Austria: Emperor Franz Joseph I and celebrated author Arthur Schnitzler.