Redefining Early Recordings

Redefining Early Recordings as Sources for Performance Practice and History is an AHRC-funded research network led by PI Dr Eva Moreda Rodríguez (University of Glasgow) and CoI Dr Inja Stanović (University of Huddersfield) and Dr Karin Martensen (Technische Universität Berlin, international partner). It brings together researchers, performers, curators, technicians and collectors from all over the world who use early recordings (roughly defined as pre-Second World War) as sources for the study of music history and music performance.

The network will run from March 2021 to March 2023. Details of network events (starting in September 2021) will be posted on this website, under the heading “Symposia”; you can also subscribe below to receive our newsletters with details of new events.

We are also keen for this website to become a platform for researchers of early recordings to make their work visible and connect with others. We have a ‘Research resources’ section for researchers new to early recordings, we welcome contributions and news for blog posts, and under ‘Past activities’ we have posted the programmes (and, in some cases, presentation recordings) of three early recording conferences we held in 2019, 2020 and 2021 prior to the set-up of the AHRC network.

We are moreoever grateful to our research network’s steering committee for the wealth and diversity of experiences with early recordings that they bring to the project: