At the Norwegian Institute of Recorder Sound based in Stavanger, the public are able to take a deep dive into the extensive archive to find recordings and sound equipment dated back to a hundred years ago. Allowing individuals to listen to musical works in different formats, and compare sound quality, and experience how interpretation has changed over time. NIRS also own a collection of old sound equipment for playing and copying recordings.
The collection currently contains more than 120,000 LP records, 50,000 78 rpm records, 10,000 audio reel tapes, 5,000 video and music cassettes, 5,000 books on music, record catalogues and periodicals, as well as extensive equipment for playing and copying of recordings. The bulk of the collection is approximately 90 cubic meters or about 42 tons.
In collaboration with the NATUR partner ELEFANT, NIRS are pleased to offer an artist the opportunity to work collaboratively looking at anything from the story of Arne Dørumsgaard, the performance practice of 20th century European music, Norwegian folklore / folk music, and Norwegian female musicians and composers. The institute is also open to any other approaches and ideas for a collaborative project.