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The Swiss National Sound Archives collects and catalogs audio documents related to the history and culture of Switzerland, both music and speech, for example: recordings of classical music, rock, jazz and pop, audio books, stories, theatrical works, interviews, research documents (field recordings) and private collections.
The technical and computer department performs copying and restoration work. It is responsible for digitization and for the archiving system of digital documents. It also monitors technical developments in the audio world and offers consulting services and various kinds of technical services.
The Catalog allows you to search on the database for any audio carrier, musical piece or recording.
Other sources of information are available in Special Collection and Discographies.
The Phonotheque offer various services of Consultation, Advice and Technical services.
In addition to accessing the documents on the premises of the Phonotheque (Regulations for access/loan), users can avail of a network of external Listening stations at other institutions.
Specific collections, scientific work and other themes related to the audio carriers, their history or their content are covered under the heading “Display”.
With “Raising the Q-Bar” the Phonotheque promotes a number of projects that aim to optimize the playback quality of each and every sound recording.
An overview of the presence of the Swiss National Sound Archives in other foundations and associations can be found under “Conferences”.
Collectors who wish to share their passion, experiences and suggestions with others should select “Collectors”.
Collaboration in projects with other institutions is presented under the heading “Partner projects”.
Our youngest visitors can discover our activities by selecting “Kids corner”.
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In addition to accessing the documents on the premises of the Swiss National Sound Archives, users can avail of a network of external listening stations at other institutions, such as libraries, archives, universities and others.
In the listening spot the user can listen to all documents, which were already digitized, of the archives of the Phonotheque. The listening spot also serves as an access portal to the sounds of other institutions.