Sound archives of the CNRS - Musée de l'Homme
The audio archives of the CNRS – Musée de l’Homme gather commercial and unpublished recordings of music and oral traditions from around the world, from 1900 to the present. Consisting of diverse types of media (wax cylinders, 78 rpm, vinyl records, magnetic tapes, audio CDs, born digital records), these archives are among the most important in Europe in terms of quality, quantity and diversity.
For a historical presentation of these archives, see the website of the CREM.
The archives are involved in the project of European sound portal (2014-2017): Europeana Sounds.
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Managed by the Center for Research in Ethnomusicology (CREM), these archives index:
Today, about 16,000 recordings are available for listening on free access. The others are only available with an access code. To obtain one, write to crem.lesc (at) cnrs.fr, explaining the reasons for your request. The archives database is also available on computer sets at the CREM, at the Bibliothèque Eric de Dampierre, at the Médiathèque du Musée du Quai Branly and at the Bibliothèque du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle.
Organization of the catalogue
The database is organized on 4 hierarchical levels of description: Archives Series (Fonds) > Corpus > Collection > Item. The main level of description is ‘Collection’. Each gathers a relevant ensemble of sound items corresponding to recordings collected within one research fieldwork or to a published record. Some collections are assembled together in corpuses and archive groups linked to their collectors.
The number of recordings available online on the platform is constantly increasing. They are indicated by a speaker. The platform’s users fill descriptive forms collaboratively: researchers, students, archivists working together. The CREM welcomes all collaborations aiming to enrich and enhance this valued musical patrimony. You can write to us at crem.lesc (at) cnrs.fr.