Sound Collections

Slit drums with Raymond Clausen's microphone, at Wor Tamat, Atchin, Vanuatu [1993.6.2.178]. Clausen made one recording at Wor Tamat dancing ground on Atchin in 1962 [recording accession number 1993.6.1.170]

The Pitt Rivers Museum's sound collections contain unique historical field recordings, most of which are directly related to collections of objects and photographs held by the Museum.

The sound collections exist in a variety of historical formats, such as wax cylinders recorded as early as 1910, reel to reel tapes, and audio tapes. The Museum has recently completed a major project to digitize these field collections, and a selection of the recordings along with information about the collections is available via the Reel to Real project website.


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The sound collections blog

Read the latest posts on Reel to Real, the sound collections blog, using the links below (clicking on a link will open the blog post in a new window). You can also visit the sound collections blog to see more posts and explore the archive.

Global Hip Hop film, beats and rhymes in the Pitt Rivers Museum with Muhammida el Muhajir and BG Records

Global hip hop came to the galleries and lecture theatre of the Pitt Rivers Museum on the evening of Thursday 12th September 2013. BG Records set up their PA and took over the steps of the courts. DJ AH:kane span fresh hip hop... Read more...

News from Louis Sarno in the Central African Republic

Screen capture taken courtesy of MY MZK website.We are currently in the process of digitising another... Read more...

Pod Academy: Stories about Bayaka music, Louis Sarno, and the Pitt Rivers Museum

Pod Academy are producing a short series of podcasts about ethnomusicology, sound curation, and the Pitt Rivers Museum. The first in a series of three, entitled... Read more...

Carnivals, Dancehalls, and Bass Shaking Ice Cream: new uses and audiences for field recordings

Phattmakbaker @ Sensible Dancehall @ Cowley Road Carnival, Sunday 7th July 2013.Photo courtesy and copyright... Read more...