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 Southeast 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, including a variety of materials and projects:
Including Aboriginal, Concert hall and Popular musical arts and the Monash Digital Archive of Early Australian Music. Our collections also includes a range of material focusing on Australian women in 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.
MAMU has two series of digital publications, books and music editions of musical works composed in Australia since the early nineteenth century. These are all available for consultation and download.
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.
- In Search of India will feature the official launch of Dr Amit Sarwal’s new book Louise Lightfoot in Search of India: An Australian Dancer’s Experience. ... Read more
- How does an Indigenous population recover its self-confidence and socio-economic status in Indonesia’s post-authoritarian era (since circa-2000)? MAMU’s newest ethnographic project aims to explore these ... Read more
- Last month Monash hosted an interdisciplinary conference “the Monash International Conference and Cultural Event (ICCE) of Aceh 2016” (26-28 September) and a series of Aceh-related ... Read more
- Monash Arts ethnomusicologist, Professor Margaret Kartomi, was flown to Jakarta last week to receive the ‘Piagam Penghargaan Kebudayaan’ (Certificate of Cultural Appreciation award) from the ... Read more
- On September 26, Dr Megan Power of the Australia-Indonesia Centre opened a new exhibition of the Material Arts of Aceh, titled Keuneubah Indatu (“Aceh’s Cultural ... Read more
- This book contains MAMU Director Margaret Kartomi’s third illustrated article on the musical fighting art of silat in different parts of Indonesia. Sir Zelman ... Read more
- The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University presented an exhibition of Rare Javanese Wayang Kulit Puppets, prepared by the Music Archive of ... Read more
- Articles: Recognition for The Second International Symposium on the Malay Musical Arts of Indonesia’s Riau Islands (SIRI) 2015Two articles have recently been published documenting the success of the Second International Symposium on the Malay Musical Arts of Indonesia’s Riau Islands, by Indonesian-Australian ... Read more
- In January 2015, the Music Archive of Monash University hosted the Second International Symposium on the Malay Musical Arts of Indonesia’s Riau Islands (SIRI). The ... Read more