Archive of Natural and Everyday Australian Sounds (ANEAS)
(all sections should be considered incomplete)
- Background and Outline
- Gauge Wider Interest
- Develop Key People register
- Develop a strategy to correct this imbalance
- Obtain funding for research and publication
- Undertake research and collection
- Undertake documentation and publication
|1||Background and Outline
I've been concerned for some time about what appears to be a gap in the systematic archiving of Australian natural and everyday sounds. It was a surprise for me to learn that this important area of our heritage seems to be somewhat underrepresented at NFSA, where I presume such a collection would naturally reside. While they do have some recordings, a somewhat informal investigation on my part has revealed no systematic or coordinated effort in this regard either by NFSA or other institutions - either in the collection or documentation, which from a public and users perspective amounts to the same thing.
|2||Gauge Wider Interest - Importance of Australian Heritage
Ascertain whether there is an interest in support for ANEAS and if so, to what extent. I have had some initial communication with a few key people. I've received very positive feedback, with general acknowledgement that such a collection is important.Materials available
Since the commercial availability of tape-recorders following WWII, a number of persons have been making NEAS recordings who are now coming to the end of their working life and, unless something is done about it organisationally, I fear much of the material will be lost for posterity. I am most familiar with the composers (eg David Lumsdaine and Ron Nagorcka) who have spent a lifetime recording Australian birdsong, whose recordings will not be included in their NLA music archives, but a wider gamut is clearly logical and appropriate, including the CSIRO holdings at Gungahlin, Foley libraries of film, TV and AV production houses, such material a captured incidentally in NLA's oral history collection, and a myriad of others from birding clubs, sound recording groups etc. NFSA staff have indicated that they do have some related recordings however they are not catalogued, or perhaps not in a publicly available way.
|3||Develop Key People register
In our research and collecting institutions:
In music and the public sphere:
|4||Develop a strategy to correct this imbalance
Following preliminary informal investigations, meetings are planned with NFSA, Canberra Festival (Archer) and the Fed. Dept. (Garrett) to explore Arts/Heritage/Environment synergies.
|5||Obtain funding for research and publication
|6||Undertake research and collection|
|7||Undertake documentation and publication
Include public presentation, such as on WWW and via touring installations and display events.
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