The going-and-return of 11 cylinders between
their historical site and the Archeophone home
Project on The Preservation and digitization of Wax Cylinders in the
The Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku http://www.geidai.ac.jp/museum,
the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, (formerly
The Tokyo Fine Arts School founded in 1887) collects art
materials for education and research. Today these materials
include the collections coming from the Faculty of Music
(formerly the Tokyo Music School).
It is now one of Japan's largest collections
with about 28,000 pieces of music materials and of Japanese
modern arts. This collection is preserved in an inter-university
research institute, the University Art Museum which opened to
the public in 1999.
The University Art Museum has decided to
transfer the sound of wax cylinders onto digital media and
honored the Archeophone by choosing it to do the work. Mrs.
Chicaco Matsumura, a Research Associate at the Tokyo National
University of Fine Arts and Music, and Mr. Ryo Furuta, associate
professor, went to my place with eleven very precious cylinders
wrapped and packed in a beautiful way. These cylinders are the
results of ethnomusicology studies made in the 1900's.
Left : "fragile, handle with care"
- center : the packed cylinders - Right :
example of a commercial Japanese cylinder
The information and datasheet about a cylinder. Each
cylinder of the collection is described this way.
Chicaco Matsumura, during the transfer operation.
Detail on a common commercial Edison 2 minute wax
Thank you for your visit !
Paris, le 18 avril 2008
Invited by the Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku,
I finally had the chance to digitize almost 200 cylinders in
the Museum in October-November 2008.
This work was as a conclusion of the Project
on The Preservation and digitization of Wax Cylinders in the
Meiji-era, sustained by Grants in aid for Scientific
Research in the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
This project mainly consisted in an advanced
enquiry about the cylinder preserved in public and private
collections in Japan and worldwide. Above the digitization
with the Archeophone, it was closed by a paper publication in
Masato SATSUMA (Dir.) ; Chikako MATSUMURA (Ed.)
; Project on The Preservation and digitization of Wax
Cylinders in the Meiji-era, Tokyo University of the
Arts, Tokyo, 2009, 123 p.