Municipal Library of Porto has the largest sound file in the city

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The city’s largest sound archive was born, with more than 35,000 vinyl records.

Porto Municipal Sound Library
Photo by: Miguel Nogueira

A Porto Municipal Sound Library (FMP) has already opened doors. The opening took place last Saturday in what was an inhospitable warehouse until recently, close to the Campanhã Station.

The purpose is that this extremely rich collection, most of which comes from collections donated to Porto City Hall through the Portuguese Broadcast Radio and for Renascença Radio, be used as much as possible, not only by music lovers, but by all audiences. In fact, this is precisely one of the commitments of the Fonoteca Municipal do Porto: to publicize the entire collection through the production of podcasts, articles and visual displays on artists, themes, genres, among others. And, in addition to disclosure, there is a second line of pedagogical commitment.

As soon as the rules imposed by Directorate-General for Health (DGS) allow and once this aspect has matured, FMP will offer an agenda of activities that reflect the intention of relating the history of music to contemporary culture, which will include concerts by invited artists based on the existing archive, active weekly listening, school visits and artistic residencies.

Inserted in Arda, a complex dedicated to recording and phonographic production, directed by João Brandão, and where musicians like André Tentúgal, the FMP project will always be in potential growth, as it remains open to donations, including those from private individuals.

During this period and until new indications from the DGS, it will be necessary to make a prior appointment (email or calling the 221146789) to visit and consult the archive, in sessions with a maximum duration of one hour and with the capacity of one person in each session. All visits will be accompanied by an archivist.

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