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The oldest sound archive in the world – MAKRO MIKRO #38 podcast online

The Phonogrammarchiv of the Austrian Academy of Sciences is not only the oldest sound archive in the world – it is also a research institute, founded in 1899 with the intention of collecting the dialects of Europe and languages from all over the world, music as well as voice portraits of famous personalities. In the meantime, however, the collection goes far beyond that and comprises about 14,000 hours of recordings. In the current episode of MAKRO MIKRO, we take a look behind the scenes of the Phonogrammarchiv, listen to the voice of Arthur Schnitzler and discuss what modern tasks the archive has today, positioned as it is at the interface between the humanities, social sciences and technology research.


Podcast of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
Design and presentation: Julia Grillmayr
Sound: Axel Hirn