Numerous national and international cooperations and collaborations have so far been initiated or intensified during the course of the Project:


  • The existing cooperation with the Telemeta project (CNRS, France) has been continued and intensified through common conference attendances and publications (cf. Bader [ed.] 2019).
  • In August, 2016, the proposed project was presented at the first South East Asian Music (SEAM) museum symposium at Mahidol University College of Music, Bangkok ( and future cooperation was agreed upon.
  • During the course of 2017, the developed database framework was installed at the UNESCO Chair on Transcultural Music Studies at the University of Music Franz Liszt, Weimar, to facilitate international exchange of musicological field recordings.
  • The Ralph Rintzler Folklife Archive at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, was acquired as collaborator and prospective user.
  • The Archiv für die Musik Afrikas at Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz, was acquired as collaborator and prospective user.
  • The musical instruments collection at the Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte, Hamburg, was acquired as collaborator and prospective user.


ISCEA Conference

From Dec. 07.-10., 2017, the 1st International Symposium on Computational Ethnomusicological Archiving (ISCEA) was held at the Institute for Systematic Musicology, University of Hamburg. The event was supported by Volkswagen-Stiftung.



Twenty-six distinguished experts from France, the UK, Israel, Finland, Belgium, Iran, Greece, the USA, and Germany discussed current issues of digital archiving in ethnomusicology (see


Sounding Archives session at EVA Konferenz Berlin 2018.

A special session ‘Sounding Archives’ was organized at the EVA Konferenz in Berlin 2018. The EVA Conference focusses digital archiving of all kinds of collections.


Symposium ‘Towards World Music Theory’

On January 11. 2016, an international symposium on current theoretical issues with regard to music as a global cultural phenomenon was held at the Institute for Systematic Musicology, University of Hamburg. This event served as a platform to identify central theoretical and methodological problem areas in current musicology, and to develop adequate means of addressing them. This symposium, therefore, proved to be instrumental in developing the specific approaches that have since been operationalized and implemented in the course of the current project.


Future ISCEA Conference

A second installment of the ISCEA format is scheduled to be part of the 179th annual meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), Chicago, Illinois, USA, 11-15 May 2020. Further events are planned.





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