Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Commission on Audio-Visual Materials

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Commission on Audio-Visual Materials

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The Commission has held two sessions. The first, on Tuesday, 22 June, presented there innovative projects based on digital technologies.

In the first, Steven Nordston has illustrated an initiative from his team at Vander bilt University (Memphis, Ten nessee) that has collaborated since 2006 with an East African community, by recording and filming of their traditional musics and dances. A written contract links these performers with the research team that stipulates that performers shall be paid and the community shall receive royalties in case of a commercial exploitation. Currently, these items are available only to the community and, on the Web site of the University, by the researchers. The aim is to extend the topographical field of the collect, to increase performers' salaries and train a local team to collect them.

Next, Frederic Lemmers, a musicologist that advises the musical division of the Belgium Royal Library, has described the very rich collection of discs (20 000 cylinders and shellacs), documented by many books and pictures, that had been gathered by Yves Becko into a private archive on Belgium musical life (in Belgium or through Belgium artists). Around this collection, a sound exhibition has been organized examining the disc as an object. To realise this exhibition some of the more ancient items have been restored and digitised. As they are free of rights. they are available on the Web site of the Royal library.

Lastly, Carlo Marinelli, long-time head of the Istituto di Ricerca per il Teatro Musicale (IRTEM), in Rome, spoke about his enterprise of referencing, in alphabetic order of titles of works, all the sound recordings of complete operas, and to build the Opera Discography Encyclo paedia. …

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