The Norwegian Institute of Recorded Sound (Norsk Lydinstitutt Stavanger) is a foundation established in 1984 through an agreement made between Arne Dørumsgaard and the city of Stavanger. It is financed by the municipality of Stavanger. The institute manages a collection of recorded music and associated items which is one of the largest private collections of its kind in Europe. 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 metric tonnes.
The collection is unique in its construction as its goal is to document the interpretation and performance of music in European 20th century culture through its recordings. The different parts of the collection are systematized in alphabetical order by performer. The collection has its emphasis on European vocal music from the first half of the 20th century. Norwegian music and recordings of Norwegian musicians is also well represented.
The original agreement with Arne Dørumsgaard stipulated that the collection should remain at his home in Marzio, Italy, and it did so for a number of years. In 2002, the Institute took physical possession of the collection, and it was moved to Stavanger. The Institute's new premises were inaugurated on June 5th 2003 with a speech of secretary Yngve Slettholm from the norwegian Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs.
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