Saving music's future...
The history of music is being written every day, in recording studios, concert halls, and elsewhere. Audio recordings are all that remain when the music stops.
However, unlike the masterpieces of painting, sculpture, and architecture that have come down through history, the lifespan of audio recordings is very limited, due to:
- physical and chemical degradation of recording media,
- obsolescence of technical equipment,
- loss of expertise.
Countless recordings of inestimable value have already disappeared. According to UNESCO, we only have 10 to 15 years left to transfer available audiovisual recordings to digital media and prevent their loss.
That is the heritage the United Music Foundation works to preserve and pass on.
As a registered non-profit established in Geneva in 2013, the United Music Foundation has as a mission to:
- seek out, restore and digitize
heritage audio recordings in high definition and in the best technical conditions,
- recount their history
using photographs, documents, and personal stories or accounts,
- promote and transmit
that heritage through album releases, raising awareness among the general public.
Rescue in extremis of the original master tape
of a 1967 international hit that is losing
its oxyde coating.
Rescue of the original master tape of a
rare classical performance from 1955,
preserved after being restored.