July 19, 2020
Added the music of nine 7 inch Albanian Artexport records. Added 59 new albums to content.
Three weeks ago we reached a milestone: the hundred thousandth track digitized and placed on our server!
June 6, 2020
We removed the news items from before 2020, because they were not any longer relevant. With one exception, our trips to Skopje and Sinj in 2018, which has been moved to "About/Stories/Our travels in 2018".
Under the menu item "Mulltimedia/Audio", "Albania" and "Kosovo" have been split into two seperate menu items. We added 24 7 inch Albanian Artexport, some Balkanton and Supraphon albums with Albanian music to the new "Albania" item. More Albanian music will be added in the next update.
May 3, 2020
We replaced the long index list on top of the page "Entire Collection" by a menu. If the menu item has
a "►" after the menu item there will be a sub menu with more items. If you move your mouse pointer over that item the sub menu will open automatically.
Alle Sperry Macedonian 78 rpm recordings, which we got from Larry Weiner, are now added. You can find them here.
There is a new option in the menu item "Multimedia": "Podcasts". The general idea is to publish records from the Balkan countries (our "core business") under "Audio". If this records have a few tracks (17 cm single and ep records) we will make a podcast for easy-listening with a compilation of that records. But we plan also podcasts which relate to the whole collection; for example bagpipes from Western Europe to the Caucasus, music we like very much, in short everything we think is interesting. And if you have any suggestions, let us know at email@example.com.
For now we have added four podcasts:
- Migrating Melodies
- Sperry 78 rpm records, part 1
- Sperry 78 rpm records, part 2
- Sperry 78 rpm records, part 3
The first contains the full tracks of the examples we used for presentation at the symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Dance in Southeastern Europe about the migration of melodies. The other three are the Sperry records as seperately published in the menu item "Audio". Each podcast so far has a duration of about one and a half hour.
There are no new albums added.
April 12, 2020
Most important, we hope you are all safe and sound and you, your family and friends are in good health. These are worrying times!
As we said in the news of January we were busy with a total make over of the site, and here it is! We think that it is a huge improvement over the old one and that you will like it. This would not possible without the fantastic help of Zoran Stalevski, the owner of the site Pesna.org. We met him and his wife when Annemiek followed a course of Macedonian language on the shore of Lake Ohrid and we stayed there for almost a month. He gave us a lot of good advices and offered his help. He did nearly the complete programming of the site; a real Macedonian-Dutch co-production! We thank him very much for that.
From now on we will publish more music. We will focus on the Balkan and older recordings that are not any longer available. We start with the eight records of Sperry Records, recordings made in Macedonia by Sperry Boge. These 78 rpm records are from the collection of Larry Weiner (USA), who was so kind to give us permission to publish them on our site. They were originally published on the site of Folklorediscography, but that site is no longer accessible. Thanks to Larry Weiner for this gesture. Later on this year we will publish a number of Artexport Tirana records, issued in Albania in the seventies and eighties. For some other records we are negociating with the Dutch Copyright Authorities. You can find the Sperry recordings here.
January 15, 2020
First we wish you a very successful 2020, a good health and lots of music!
We were very busy last half year so there was not much time for an update, but here it is. We removed the content of the collection in PDF format, and placed the data itself on the server. This should be faster than downloading the PDF. We noticed that the time to download the content was very fast in Chrome but in Firefox and Edge it took more time. We have a fast fiber connection here; Chrome loaded in one second. Edge about five and Firefox about six seconds. So Chrome is the way to go! On top of the collection web page is a detailed index. If you click on it you will go directly to that region or country.
We are busy with a total make over of the site, it will be published in a couple of months. It will have a modern "look and feel" and will run on a desktop, tablet, mobile phone.