The Language Archive is going to participate in the Europeana Sounds conference taking place the 2nd of October at the National Library of France, the title is: The Future of Historic Sounds.

The event is celebrating one of the often-overlooked cultural treasures of Europe: its sound heritage. A good number of institutions and projects are working to keep this part of our shared culture alive, and to give online access to it. This conference is the occasion to listen to the voices of some of these institutions. Europeana Sounds as part of the Europeana project, aims at collecting and offering access to the European cultural heritage, particularly sound heritage; we as The Language Archive are participating as partners in this project.

Some of the themes that will be discussed during the conference are:

  • Why and how to open the access to the online audio heritage
  • The contribution of Europeana in creating legal access to sound heritage
  • Sound innovations

The event will conclude with the presentation of a newly restored recording of the Cairo Congress of Arab Music (1932), a milestone of XX century music, where for the first time musicologists from eastern and western part of the world had the possibility to exchange their knowledge. Moreover Matthew Herbert, a British electronic DJ, will be present as a special guest, he is famous for using everyday sounds to create his music, his performance will add an artistic touch to the evening.

The conference will host some of the most influential experts across Europe, who are currently shaping the future of sound heritage, via sharing their knowledge and collaborating in the field of technology, they will present the latest technological innovations in the field.

Here you can find the program and the speakers. The registration is free of charge and is open until seating capacity has been filled. Have a look at it!