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The Western Australian New Music Archive

2 Jun

The Western Australian New Music Archive is a project that aims to develop and establish a digital repository and interface of new music by Western Australian composers from 1970 to the current day.  The project involves the discovery, collection, collation, digitisation, storage and dissemination of music recordings, video documentation, scores and other evidence surrounding Western Australian new music.In addition, heritage musical works and installations have been presented and recorded on both a local and national scale, feeding back into the project.

It began in 2013, and is a partnership led by the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University, with the State Library of Western Australia, Tura New Music, Classic FM at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the National Library of Australia. The Western Australia New Music Archive materials are drawn from the State Library of Western Australia catalogue and stored on a digital database accessible through a web portal. In addition, the database points to digitised Western Australian new music materials hosted elsewhere. Original hardcopy materials are not gathered by the project, but where possible, the database will point to their location and availability. A fully researched, populated and constantly evolving database aims to provide rich and comprehensive opportunities for historians across a range of disciplines and locations, as well as musicians, to access information relating to Western Australia’s creative musical past, providing an important foundation and background for current creative practice.

A key aim is that The Western Australia New Music Archive will be made universally accessible online for all, whilst supporting the Western Australian music community.

The Archive is now available here using the access code: LetMeContribute.

Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and The Arts Australian Government

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.