Preservation and Digitisation of the RTA Music Archive – Training in Dubai

The Cooperation with RTA for preservation and digitisation of the culturally invaluable RTA music archive constitutes one of the main pillars of the AMRC. The AMRC facilitates the digitisation and metadata tagging of the RTA Music Archive content and its online accessibility via the DISMARC-platform for scientific and research purposes. Following the first workshop in Berlin in 2016, the project has reached the next phase. As a part of the cooperation, a four-day training has been delivered to RTA employees by the AMRC and its technical partner, AIT, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from the 16th to 20th December 2018. During the training, extensive discussions have been conducted, desirable outcomes have been obtained and the need for continuing the cooperation was emphasised. The objectives of the training include the optimisation of the processes of digitisation, cataloguing and online accessibility of the RTA Archive metadata. Through the DISMARC-platform, the metadata are made visible and accessible worldwide giving insights into the Afghan musical culture to researchers and scientists. The preservation and digitisation of the archive plays a monumental role in the revitalization of this unique and diverse musical culture and its transfer to future generations. 



Publication: "Music in Afghanistan. Tradition and Transformation"

in English and Dari

There are few publications on Afghan music research coming from Afghanistan itself. This book is an exception, since its contents are not only the result of an international symposium that took place at Kabul University, Kabul/ Afghanistan, in November 2014, but several of its contributions have been written by Afghan music scholars and musicology students, together with articles written by authors from Germany, Austria, and Turkey.



Archiv Workshop in Berlin

Together with its partners Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA) and Angewandte Informationsstechnik Forschungsgesellschaft mbh (AIT), the AMRC is realizing a four-day workshop on digital archival work in Berlin from 13 to 17 December 2016. In order to continue and improve the creation of a digital catalogue at the radio archive of RTA in Kabul, the General Director, the TV Director as well as employees of the radio archive of RTA are visiting Berlin for expert workshops, the German Broadcast Archive, the Lautarchiv and the archive of the RBB (Radio Berlin Brandenburg).

The cooperation between the AMRC and Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA) intends to open up and make accessible the extensive and culturally valuable collection of RTAs collection from the heyday of Afghan music for science and research. For this purpose, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar and RTA this year. With the expertise of AIT, a digital catalogue is created and the metadata will be made visible worldwide through DISMARC database.