The Challenge of Technology: Ethnomusicological Archives in the Past and Present

Mengel, Maurice (Articol)

“This article combines the history of ethnomusicological archives with a discussion of technological challenges, past and present. The article highlights the development of the Phonogram-Archiv in Berlin (now part of the Ethnological Museum in Berlin) situating it in the general development of ethnomusicological archives. The article attempts to explain the importance archives had for the institutionalization of ethnomusicology and why their importance waned in the second half of the 20th century. It also suggests how archives could re-claim some of their importance by making use of the current technological developments related to the Internet. By employing these new possibilities, archives could attract a larger audience and convey ethnomusicological issues to a broader audience.”

Revista de etnografie și folclor / Journal of Ethnography and Folklore

2009, nr. 1-2