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Historical voice, music and animal recordings

The "[sound] Listening to the world" exhibition represents a pilot project from the collaboration between the Berlin Phonogramm-Archiv that has been housed until now in Dahlem and the Lautarchiv of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU). The two collections are combined in the Humboldt Forum.

The exhibition marks the first time the Lautarchiv will be presented in depth for the public to critically examine its relevance. The collection includes shellac records, photographs and personal files from recording sessions as well as historical voice and music recordings.

In an interview, Sebastian Klotz from Lautarchiv at HU explained the relevance of the recordings in the Lautarchiv collection and their role in the exhibition that opens for viewing or listening on Thursday, 22 March 2018 in the Humboldt Box and runs until 16 September 2018.


The video interview (in german, english subtitles) was conducted by Dr. Anne Tilkorn and Adrian Ladenberger.

The exhibition "[sound] Listening to the worldD" has been organized by the Stiftung Humboldt Forum in the Berliner Schloss (Berlin Palace) jointly with the Ethnologischen Museum der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin and the Kulturprojekte Berlin as well as with the AMAR Foundation in Beirut and with the support of the Arab Fund For Arts and Culture AFAC.

Further information

Lautarchiv website

Website for the "[sound] Listening to the World" exhibition (In German: "[laut] Die Welt hören")


Prof. Dr. Sebastian Klotz
Head of Collections, Lautarchiv of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Phone: +49 (0) 30 2093-2347