The Music Archive of Monash University (MAMU) is a physical and digital collection of musical instruments, scores, field recordings, and diverse other musical materials acquired since the foundation of the University’s original Department of Music in 1965.
Originally intended to document the activities of the Department, it soon expanded in the 1970s to become a repository of research materials collected by Music Department staff and graduate students, especially from Australia, South and South-East Asia, giving it a predominantly ethnomusicological character.
Since 1975, a part-time Archivist has been employed to manage the growing size and diversity of the Archive, which today includes materials from:
Including Aboriginal, Concert hall and Popular musical arts and the Monash Digital Archive of Early Australian Music;
Contained within the Repository of the Indonesian Arts (RIA), including items collected by Margaret and Dris Kartomi and others from Central and East Java, Sunda, Bali, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku, Nusa Tenggara and Papua;
Primarily instruments from Ghana;
Including some Early Music instruments and vinyl discs of concert hall music;
Including Ashkenazi, Sephardi and Judeo-Babylonian music recorded in Singapore, Hongkong, Shanghai, Sydney and Melbourne; Holocaust-related music; and klezmer music;
Including The Rajah Sir Sourindra Tagore Collection and the Louise Lightfoot Collection, and including items from Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines (including the Manolete Mora Collection), Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan and Korea.
At present MAMU is in the process of expanding its online presence through the development of a digital archive and catalogue, which will be made available to the public as a research and learning resource.
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