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The project addresses problems facing cultural heritage institutions, resulting from the lack of standardized procedures for the long-term protection and accessibility of audio content stored on media that can not be played by conventional technologies.

Solutions will be demonstrated on two types of historical media, focusing specifically on phonograph cylinder and on 25 cm standard gramophone records. As these are the oldest recording media, the sound recordings stored on them usually have a high historical and cultural value and original reproduction technology is often inaccessible.

Our main objective is to develop, test and implement appropriate procedures to address the complex issues of long-term protection and access to audio stored on historical physical media, in line with international standards and practice, and based on existing research in the field.

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WORKFLOW

so far we have succeeded

Project status

100 000 recordings

Selected collections of the National Museum and other collaborating institutions focusing on phonograph cylinders and standard gramophone records.

Catalogued 25%
Protected 3%
Digitised 2%
Accessible 2%
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recordings we have digitized

Recordings

Katalogové číslo nahrávkyMatriční čísloDatum

Kde domov můj

69091-A11113. 06. 1916

Českou národní hymnu zpívá Emilio Blažević s doprovodem King’s Orchestra. Nahrávka vznikla roku 1916 v New Yorku.

Duet z opery Prodaná nevěsta

63622-A22220. 00. 00

Hanna Foerstrova a Bohumil Pták zpívají dueto Vaška a Mařenky z opery Prodaná nevěsta od Bedřicha Smetany s doprovodem King’s Orchestra. Nahrávka vznikla roku 1912 v New Yorku.

Gramofonová deska Národin Kalop

Národní kalop

63302-A333335. 07. 1911

Moravská hymna v podání Kryl’s Bohemian Bandu. Nahrávka vznikla roku 1911 v Camdenu, New Jersey.

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Work team

Filip Šír
Filip Šír
National Museum
Zuzana Petrášková
Zuzana Petrášková
National Library of the Czech Republic
Martin Lhoták
Martin Lhoták
Library of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Michal Lorenz
Michal Lorenz
Masaryk University
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1 week ago

Nový fonograf

✍️ A phono-GRAPHICALLY exciting book ✍️
V připravovaném čísle The Antique Phonograph se vyskytne zmínka o knize Bohemia on Records/Krajané za velkou louží z pera Gabriela Gössela a Filipa Šíra. Autor této reflexe Steve Ramm chválí vizuální bohatost knihy s CD přílohou ukázek starých nahrávek krajanské hudby z USA.
Více o knize naleznete zde:
eshop.nm.cz/product/bohemia-on-records-krajane-za-velkou-louzi
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„Bohužel se toho tolik nezachovalo, takže naše snaha je nacházet to, co ještě zbylo – ve Spojených státech i doma v České republice, na půdách, ve sklepech i v institucích.“
Rare Early Recordings of Czech Music in CZ 🇨🇿and USA 🇺🇸👍

https://t.co/6NABFsk5c6

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Everything you always wanted to know about early Czech recordings...
2nd of May, 19:00 až 20:30 CDT
The Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago and the T. G. Masaryk Czech school cordially invite you to BOHEMIA ON RECORDS – lecture and book presentation by Filip Šír.

Our unique digitization workflow was developed for Czech cultural heritage institutions and its collections. Read more about every step here:
CZ: https://t.co/fLR8eZYWhr
ENG: https://t.co/MZrwyavwYy

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