Aims and objectives
The Sounds of Siam Archival project seeks to preserve the recorded heritage of Thailand through digitisation. The purpose is to safeguard the earliest but endangered recorded musical traditions of Thailand, known as Siam before 1938, and to make these recordings available throughout the global community. The materials date from the first expedition to Asia by the Gramophone Company in 1903 to the 1960s, when independent Thai recording companies used the moribund 78 rpm format to escape the control of major companies. These recordings are significant as our only existing aural documentation of pre-industrial music in Thailand/Siam.