These examples have been drawn from the library’s extensive collection of over 250,000 recordings that cover all sound-producing animals and habitats from all zoogeographical regions. Many of these recordings are being digitised as part of Unlocking our Sound Heritage, a major preservation and access project supported by a £9.5 m National Lottery grant.
One hour of unpublished ethnographic field recordings featuring music and sound recorded on DAT tape by Emmanuelle Olivier during her ethnomusicological fieldwork with Ju|’hoansi people in the Nyae Nyae area of the Kalahari, Namibia, in ||xa|oba and ||auru villages. Healing dances are interspersed with initiation songs, instrumental music, and recordings of Ju|’hoan daily life.
Following on from our debut programme of West African recordings, next in our series is one hour of continuous underwater field recordings selected and mixed by Cheryl Tipp, Wildlife and Environmental Sounds Curator at the British Library.
A small but carefully made selection of ethnographic field recordings from West Africa housed and preserved at the British Library... This programme is dedicated to all of the unnamed performers who appear in the following sound recordings.