Our Mission

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. These recordings can then be easily transferred to any other format or media without any loss of quality.

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.

Restored recordings are released as Collector's Editions recreating the emotional appeal of the original works.

All profits from the sale of our releases are used to make other preservation projects possible.


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BEFORE


AFTER
Rescue in extremis
Oriiginal master tape from 1962


BANDE-site
Rescue in extremis
Original master from 1967
losing its oxide coating