Endangered Sounds

In this podcast (released June 20, 2007), Smithsonian Folkways Director and Curator Dan Sheehy talks about “endangered sounds,” sounds we lose from changing technologies or encroaching globalisation, including musical traditions. Dan reports on what Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is doing to preserve these sounds through their recordings.

Podcast: Endangered Sounds
Talking Music: Lectures and Conversations on Music, Archives, and Technology
by Smithsonian Folkways

ABC Brisbane Radio Interview

You often hear about the loss of indigenous language in Australia, some language experts still maintain that more languages have been lost here than anywhere else on the planet.

The same seems to be true for Indigenous music traditions.

ABC South-East Radio Interview

How important is the maintenance of Indigenous culture through music?

We are at risk of losing crucial parts of Indigenous music culture over the next couple of generations. Music and performance is closely linked with other forms of cultural expression, but why are these cultural traditions so important to keep alive?