Researchers, communities, institutions and sound recordings (2003)
Linguists, ethnomusicologists and anthropologists all record audio material as part of their research. This material has immense cultural significance as it is often the only record of endangered cultures. Its uniqueness also places an ethical obligation on the researchers to look after the material so that it can be returned to the community if desired. We are in the midst of the digital revolution, and standards are currently being forged for encoding, indexing and sharing of data that will affect the work of all researchers now and into the future.
Whether linguists, musicologists, oral historians or anthropologists, we share a common concern to ensure that our primary data is transferred and maintained in the digital domain in ways that maximise future longevity and access, and are congruent with our ethical undertakings to our collaborators. In many cases these aims are quite contrary to the interests of the global commercial music industry, which continues to dominate technological development of digital audio. At the same time our institutions are in the early stages of establishing appropriate models for managing and sharing electronic resources within national and international academic and library networks. We consider that it is timely for a researcher's perspective to be contributed to these debates.
This collection of papers was originally published through Open Conference Systems by the Faculty of Arts, University of Sydney in 2004: http://conferences.arts.usyd.edu.au/index.php?cf=2.
Published 2004-01-01The late 1960s saw the start of the "electronic-dictionary age" (de Schryver, 2003). The growth in the use of computers has transformed all aspects of dictionary-making, from collecting data about word meanings and uses, ...Conference paper
History, memory and music: The repatriation of digital audio to Yolngu communities, or, memory as metadata Published 2004-01-01This paper will examine a range of issues surrounding the documentation, digitization, and repatriation of archival field recordings of Yolngu music as an integral part of a project on the history of Arnhem Land music ...Conference paper
’Now Balanda Say We Lost Our Land in 1788’: Challenges to the Recognition of Yolŋu Law in Contemporary Australia Published 2004-01-01This essay examines some of the cultural underpinnings of contemporary Yolŋu calls for the comprehensive recognition of their full political rights and legal jurisdiction over northeast Arnhem Land by Australian governments. ...Conference paper
Published 2004-01-01This paper reflects on a set of anxieties concerning the relationship between living traditions of song and dance and the body of audio recordings of these traditions that have been generated in the course of my research. ...Conference paper
Published 2004-01-01For over one hundred years, visitors to Papua New Guinea have been making recordings of music in our country. Prior to independence in 1975, many of these recordings ended up in archives in the countries of their collectors, ...Book chapter