May 19, 2022

Australia: “Music Goes Digital at State Library as Local Musicians Perform Live For New Online Archive”

From ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):

A new online music archive has been created at the State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) for emerging Perth composers, with a select few also being chosen to break the library’s silence.

The SLWA’s entire music collection, including thousands of WA’s historical vinyl records, CDs and tapes, are due to eventually be digitised.

In the meantime, the library has partnered with Tura New Music and Edith Cowan University to archive its catalogue of ‘new music’.


The library said highlights from the archive included audio and video recordings of performances by WA new music practitioners, as well as a number of works composed by Western Australians.


The SLWA has already digitised 34,000 collected items, but the performed music will be ‘born’ digital.

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