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.

The Louis Sarno Archive

Drawn to the rainforests of the Central African Republic by some of the most beautiful singing in the world, New Jersey native Louis Sarno travelled there in 1985 with a one-way ticket, a tape recorder and plenty of batteries. Till his recent passing, he continued to live with a Bayaka community in... Read more...

"The Acoustic-Unconscious: Recovering Marshall McLuhan" - Seminar in Ethnomusicology and Sound Studies with Veit Erlmann

Open to all  and admission is free Seminar in Ethnomusicology and Sound Studies       "The Acoustic-Unconscious: Recovering Marshall McLuhan"Professor Veit Erlmann   ... Read more...

'Song from the Forest': a Modern Epic Set Between Rainforest and Skyscrapers

The Pitt Rivers Museum curates the world's largest archive of BaAka music from the Central... Read more...

Curating Sound Galleries at the Pitt Rivers Museum

'Inside Sound', a collaboration between the Pitt Rivers Museum (PRM) and OCM, was an event curated by Sound and Music... Read more...

"Carmen Miranda’s Musical Performances in Brazilian and Hollywood Films (1932-1953)" - Seminar in Ethnomusicology and Sound Studies with Lisa Shaw

Open to all  and admission is free Seminar in Ethnomusicology and Sound Studies       "Carmen Miranda’s Musical Performances in     Brazilian and Hollywood Films (1932-1953)"... Read more...