The Archive of Indian Music (AIM) is an organization that aims to digitize and make easily available online, recordings of classical Indian music that have long been forgotten or become inaccessible on vinyl records.
AIM also aims to collaborate with international bodies associated in this field and create partnerships with educational institutions, music organizations and other bodies involved and interested in archiving and preservation.
Its key objectives are:
- To digitize and restore records and create a database of high quality and high fidelity recordings
- To preserve these vintage recordings and make them available for listening to students, scholars, researchers, musicians and interested public
- To enrich these recordings by sourcing additional information about them including biographical details of the artistes, photographs, gramophone record sleeve images and other materials of historical significance that document the era of the record
At present the organization has over 12,000 tracks digitized and available on the internet, as well as a website at archiveofindianmusic.org. There is not only a huge potential audience that wants to listen to these recordings, but also a moral responsibility in keeping a valuable part of our heritage safe and accessible to current and future generations.
1. The first challenge is to make this music collection easily accessible to the potentially millions of online listeners. This could involve, an online radio on the website, personalized artist recommendations for each listener and also mobile apps similar to most other music services on the internet today.
2. The second challenge is to effectively build a community of listeners around those who listen to and appreciate Indian classical music, using the website as a starting point. The existing website already has a forum and registration for users, but the usage is extremely limited.
This will potentially help in not only reaching out to more listeners and users of the music resource, but also help in finding more obscure classical music collections in different parts of the world which can then be digitized and preserved.