The Municipal Vinyl Sound Archive of Porto City Hall is finished and is scheduled to be inaugurated in late September. The complex, part of the Campanhã Platform, was visited by Rui Moreira and will be a space dedicated to music appreciation and the music and audiovisual industry.
The project presented in 2017, in the derelict pavilion on Rua de Pinto Bessa, is now completed and, after restoration and adaptation works, welcomes Fonoteca Municipal with about 35 thousand vinyl records ready to be heard.
The works on the space, visited by the Mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira, and by the Director for Cinema and Contemporary Art of the Municipal Company Ágora Porto, Guilherme Blanc, have been completed, as well as the entire bureaucratic licensing process and the inauguration is scheduled towards the end of September, coinciding with the kick-off of the new season.
The holdings of the municipal sound archive, included in the project, consists of a collection of 35 thousand vinyl phonograms, which proceeds from two donations made to the municipality by RDP and Rádio Renascença, in 2008.
According to Guilherme Blanc, this aims to be a "space for music appreciation" and "enjoyment of this heritage" that, soon, "will be part of a public project for music enjoyment and appreciation", where "people can come, get to know, learn music and the Portuguese and international music heritage".
The municipal project is part of the Campanhã Platform which has its genesis in the recording studios Arda Recorders, a company created from Estúdios Sá da Bandeira and which now gains new contours with the completion of this project presented to the municipality in 2017.
Fonoteca Municipal is thus located in a complex that has the support of recording and audio post-production studios that, according to João Brandão of Arda Recorders, gives them the possibility of "being able to digitize, restore or better preserve certain phonograms that will probably be unique "and that are in the holdings of the municipality.
"We have, in our sound archive’s holdings, ancient recordings that are not at all commercial, so they are recordings with a very important and very interesting national cultural value and we want to preserve them", in order to "ensure that they are not lost forever when vinyl record no longer exists".
Fonoteca Municipal features a database that can be consulted and accessed, for free, by the public, and in which it will be possible to search for the phonogram you want to hear, then using the three listening stations available for that purpose.
João Brandão adds that initiatives will be created and promoted to "attract the public to search for more or less known phonograms", as well as, for example, to "transmit some ideas that may be discovered through the exploration of these phonograms", since this archive is supposed to be "an organic and dynamic process" and not "a dead and stagnant archive".
In addition to the municipal holdings of vinyl records and recording studios, the complex also has an echo chamber, spaces for making voice-overs, music mastering, restoration of various formats (such as magnetic tapes and others), leisure areas, pedagogical uses and also offices of several companies from sectors related to music that will establish there.