Follow radio freelancer Urban Göranson as he peers into the archive locked rooms and examines threats to the Swedish Radio Gramophone Archive. What treasures are hiding here? Does an archive survive that is not being handled properly? Will the Gramophone Archive simply be put down? And who owns this vast cultural treasure?
Accompanied by sound engineer Harriet Lundberg, we hear the story of Gramophone Archive and its huge collections. It has approx. 225,000 CDs, 150,000 LP:s, 80,000 singles and as many shellac + maxi singles, phonograph cylinders, piano rolls, etc.
Totally unique is that every record/media is archived in at least two copies, of which one - the reference copy - has never left the locked Reference Room and has only been handled by a small group of record specialists. Therefore these reference copies all are as new, however old they are!
In total the archive's collections counts 1.5 million sound recordings and the musical range is huge. All CDs are now digitized so that all employees at the Swedish Radio can access these music files through their computers. But most of the archive still remains to digitize and the question is whether it's even feasible.
According to critics Swedish Radio does no longer take responsible for the collections and music producers Bodil Asketorp and Stefan Wermelin suggests that the government should take responsibility and earmark funds for this national cultural treasure.
The managerial we meet the defenders of the cuts; program director Björn Löfdahl and Gramophone Archive Manager Laine Lasmanis Wikmark. From the state we hear interviews with Gunilla Carlsson, Social Democrat and chairman of the Parliaments Culture Committee and Björn Jordell who is director general of the National Swedish Archives.
Obviously you will also hear unique music that includes Karl Gerhard, Eli Ellis, East Warnerbring , Bengt Hallberg along with Eric Ericson Chamber Choir and Ora Dell Graham.