Shellac: online sound and source archive of C20th Norwegian musical performers

Project leader:
Tore Simonsen

Project period:
2013 –

Research centre:

Development work, Research

Cultural heritage, History of music

The Shellac Project is dedicated to the complete documentation of Norwegian musicians and their recordings from the first half of the 20th century, consisting of biographies, repertoire listings, and discographic data as well as the recordings themselves.

This opens up a large and basically untouched research field concerning Norwegian artists, their careers and their interpretations.

Shellac was, of course, an important ingredient in most records from this period, but the project is not limited to any specific sound carrier. A better definition of its scope might be that it encompasses any recordings made without use of magnetic tape; that is to say brief, but “real” sound images, without any possibilities of editing the result.

Project leader


Tore Simonsen

Professor Emeritus

Music History

Last updated: 17. June 2014