Western Australian New Music Archive (WANMA)

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Edith Cowan University Research Online

School or Research Centre

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts


Funding for the research has been provided by an Industry Linkage with ECU and Tura New Music.


Over five terabytes of material was digitised from the Tura New Music collection, including CDs, mp3s, analogue cassettes and reel to reel tapes, raw multi-tracked recordings; VHS and digital video, DVD, DVCAM digital and film photographs; promotional material such as brochures, postcards, posters, and programs; material related to the production of work such as originals, drafts, rehearsal photos, session dates and details of recording sessions; scores; interviews; artist biographies; books; magazines/ zines and reviews.

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Tura New Music own the rights to this collection.

Research Activity Title

New Art Music in Western Australia: 1970-2000 Pilot Project

Research Activity Description

The purpose of the research pilot project was to collect and digitise a living archive of Western Australian new art music and associated artefacts from 1970 to the present day. Tura, based in Perth has, since its inception in 1987, collected and collated a huge amount of archival material concerning new music and the music industry in Western Australia. The pilot project was funded by Edith Cowan University (ECU) with industry partner Tura and the funding enabled the Tura archival collection to be digitised. The collection will continue to grow and comprises materials in multiple formats, from sound and video recordings to music scores, program notes, posters and publicity associated with Western Australian new music activities and events. For the purposes of this research the collection parameters are the genre of “Western Art Music” as defined by the Australian Music Centre. This pilot project provided an introduction to extant materials, and investigated international standards of digitisation for archival purposes, copyright issues relating to the archive, possible hosts for such a collection and possibilities for a user interface.

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