CMC Cassette Digitisation Project

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This project digitised 391 cassettes from CMC’s unique audio collection.

Grant Scheme: Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2020
Project Title: CMC Cassette Digitisation Project
Ref. Number: CH08599
Award: €9,000
Organisation: Contemporary Music Centre (CMC)

The Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) is Ireland's archive and resource centre for new music, supporting the work of composers throughout the Republic and Northern Ireland.

This project realised the digitisation of 391 cassettes from CMC’s unique audio collection which were starting to show signs of degradation. These cassettes hold recordings of works by contemporary composers, and date from the mid-1990s to early 2000s, and many are unique recordings, not available to the public anywhere else. This collection will be more easily shared and used with researchers, musicians, composers and other CMC Library users, particularly during Covid-19 restrictions when CMC’s Library is not as accessible to the public.

For Library Week 2020, CMC are published a feature on the CMC website which looks at just a few of the works digitised.

The recordings are mostly of performances of works, though a number include introductions from composers about their work, and you'll hear a number of these included in clips used in the feature linked above. There are also a small number of interviews and discussions, by composers, by then-CMC staff, which help to provide a social and cultural picture of contemporary music in Ireland at various points of time.

A small selection of the composers included in the project:

• Seóirse Bodley
• Brian Boydell
• Marian Ingoldsby
• Gerald Barry
• Deirdre Gribbin
• Gerard Victory
• Roger Doyle
• Jennifer Walshe
• Frank Corcoran
• John Buckley
• Deirdre McKay
• Ronan Guilfoyle