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Earth’s musical heritage finds an icy home next to global seed vault

From work by Indigenous musicians to songs from a sci-art pioneer, the Global Music Vault is open for business as a cultural equivalent to the Svalbard Global Seed Bank

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22 June 2022

Disaster recovery: a global music repository joins the global seed bank to preserve Earth’s heritage

Courtesy of Global Music Vault

Global Music Vault

Spitsbergen, Svalbard archipelago, Norway

TOWERING over the frozen island of Spitsbergen, the largest in the archipelago of Svalbard, Norway, is a “doomsday vault”. Over 1 million seed varieties from around the world are being held in this mountainside facility, which is designed to preserve agricultural biodiversity and shield global food supplies from disaster. Now, a new kind of deposit is on its way to the mountain – the Global Music Vault …