A doomsday vault to safeguard the world’s most important music is being created. The vault will preserve recordings from pop’s biggest hits to the music of Australia’s indigenous tribes from natural or possibly man-made disasters, including nuclear warfare.
The Global Music Vault is set deep inside an arctic mountain in far north Norway, on the Svalbard archipelago. Svalbard is a declared demilitarised zone by 42 nations. The safety, security and remoteness made it a perfect choice for a vault containing such valuable information. Further, the cool, dry permafrost conditions increase the longevity of the stored data.
Designed to withstand natural and man-made disasters, in the safest location on earth, data stored here will last for centuries. Much of our heritage is stored digitally and, despite best efforts to protect it for the future, it can be exposed to risks, either from the online environment or just from the limits of modern storage technology.
The combination of resilient long-term storage technology and the remote, safe and cold conditions found on Svalbard, enables data to live on into the distant future.
Beginning in 2021, a wide variety of musical expressions from all around the world will be the first to be added to the vault. The technology used to store the data is as important as the music itself. Most digital storage mediums have a limited lifetime, and hardware, software and file formats become obsolete as technology evolves.
The purpose-built digital medium can last for over 1000 years in the vault with guaranteed future accessibility. The storage medium is futureproofed and technology independent, so no matter how much time has passed and how technology has evolved, the data will still be accessible.
The technology can withstand extreme electromagnetic exposure and has undergone extensive longevity and accessibility testing. Information about this technology will be made available at a later date.
To find out more about The Global Music Vault visit the website.