The Sound and Vision music collection contains almost half a million recordings. It consists of two separate parts; commercial music releases and concert registrations. Radio or TV programmes including music fall under the radio and TV categories. A recording can vary from a short single to a concert lasting several hours, something to bear in mind when looking at the information. Another important piece of information is that a large part of the music collection is stored on microfiche and has not yet been entered into our database. A team of dedicated volunteers is busy with this task.

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The collection of commercial music releases was originally built up as a service for the broadcasters, and contains many international releases. In 2014, this practice was ended. The only commercial music now stored in the archive is an annual selection of the releases that are most important to the Netherlands, made by Sound and Vision in consultation with experts. Concert registrations consist of raw footage of concerts and studio performances from the public broadcasters, some unbroadcast. The spread over time does not tell the whole story, as only 61% of the music collection has a date available.

Of the recordings that have been catalogued, most are on CD or as digital files. 'Other' covers types as diverse as CD-R and U-matic.

During the 'Beelden van de Toekomst' (Images of the Future) project, a large proportion of the concert registrations were digitised, as being unique events in Dutch culture. Commercial releases, on the other hand, are mostly international and available elsewhere, and therefore have not yet been digitised on a large scale. Most are stored in the depots, a treasure trove for music lovers, such as DJs from Red Light Radio.

Music recordings are hard to describe, and as we do not have the lyrics, word clouds do not help much here. To give an impression of the music, here is a sample of 20 titles from the commercial releases:

  • Sentiments
  • Stones in the road
  • When she smiles
  • Surrounded
  • The next day
  • Captain Beyond
  • Come On Eileen
  • Koreni
  • Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum
  • Mijn liedjes, mijn leven
  • Kiss You All Over
  • Slawische Musik fuer Violoncello und Klavier
  • Samson Vol.2
  • Een van de acht
  • Twanging
  • Goethe Lieder
  • Until the end of time
  • There She Goes Again
  • The Sound Of The Sand And Other Songs Of Te Pedestrians
  • Rhapsody in black and white

Here is a sample of 20 titles from the concert registrations:

  • Programma Magic Slim Blues Band
  • Programma Live Pop
  • Jazz spectrum
  • Programma Baars, Ab - Mengelberg, M. - Veldman, E. - Nahar, P.
  • ZaterdagMatinee
  • Programma Muziek Voor Luisteraars
  • Programma Metropole Orkest - Otterloo, Rogier van
  • Programma Concertgebouworkest - Tilson Thomas, Michael
  • Programma Mozart Ensemble
  • Programma Walta, Jaring - Residentie Orkest - Maga, Othmar
  • Programma Elbertse, Peter - Nederlands Ph.Orkest - Nederlands Kamerorkest - Hempel, Jurjen
  • Programma Residentie Orkest - Pehlivanian, George
  • Programma Boy Raaymakers en Maarten van Norden Kwartet
  • Programma Pinkpop 1995
  • Programma Verhey, Emmy - Radio Filh.Orkest - Vajnar, Frantisek
  • Programma Noske, Willem
  • Programma Schouwman-Quispel, Helena - Schouwman, Hans
  • Programma Palm, Cock van der - Jasper, Lex - Scholz, Jacques - Ineke, Eric
  • Programma Nueva Manteca Latin Jazz Septet
  • French Films