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Thursday, June 01, 2006

I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor


Anonymous Marvin said...

Hello Toni,
I was wondering whether we are risking that music by Maltese persons in the various styles - from ghana to pop to alternative to heavy metal - become lost forever. Should we not archive such material in a professional manner? I was wondering what you think about this? 

9:50 PM, June 01, 2006
Blogger Il-Fre said...

toni is the right person to do it!

ejja ton, meta ha nibdew xi haga!!! 

9:01 PM, June 02, 2006
Blogger Toni Sant said...

Creating and maintaining an archive is a huge and fairly complicated thing!

About 15 years ago I recommended the creation of a national sound archive to the newly established parliamentary secretariat for youth and the arts. Appartently there were more pressing things on the agenda and with the limited budgets available at the time nothing much was thought of my idea.

To be fair, the University of Malta did try to collect a good number of għana recordings. To be honest, I don't know what became of that collection. There was also an ad hoc attempt to collect recordings of Maltese music at what is now the record library for PBS. They were always in a good position to have a better collection than anyone else in the country, but years of bad management in Gwardamangia resulted in many audio treasures being mishandled and possibly even lost by now.

A national sound archive is something I'm still very interested in seeing created. I have a feeling that there's a nice pot of EU money waiting for this sort of project. I don't know if I'll have the required time to apply myself to a project of such magnitude in the near future. Still, it will remain on my list of things I could apply myself to one day...given the right climate and opportunity, of course.

How ironic that I'm writing all this at exactly the same time I'd be going to the Xtruppaw debut album launch if I were in Malta! 

9:23 PM, June 02, 2006
Blogger Il-Fre said...

Toni!!!!! ostja kemm nixtieqek kont hemm!!! verament jiddispjacini!!!! Tliftha!!! 

3:53 PM, June 03, 2006
Blogger Michael Briguglio said...

Yeah Toni, you missed a good one! 

8:31 PM, June 03, 2006

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