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Concordia Archival Project (CAP)

Recovery, Archiving and Online Presentation of Canadian Electroacoustic History


The Concordia Archival Project (CAP) is a joint research project between Concordia University and the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC). Coordinated by the CEC from July 2007 to December 2008, CAP has allowed for the recovery and digital archiving of a major collection of electroacoustic works from the 1960s–1990s held at Concordia University in Montréal. This important initiative, funded by Heritage Canada through Canadian Culture Online, has produced the largest single primary resource for the history of electroacoustics in Canada available anywhere in the world.

A detailed project description, including project objectives, can be found in eContact! 10.x, a special issue featuring the collection.

Project Components

CAP is a multi-level project made up of several interrelated components which draw from and feed into one another.

Presentation of the Works in the Collection

A Media Library has been developed to present works from the collection. Here you can find composer biographies and programme notes, and listen to works that have been digitized.


Educational modules present the history of electroacoustics in Canada and internationally, technical aspects of electroacoustics from various periods, and the process of restoring and archiving the collection. Using works from the collection as audio examples, these modules are ideal for classroom use as well as for self-learning.

eContact! 10.x — 10th Anniversary Special Issue: The Concordia Archival Project (CAP)

A special focus issue of eContact! featuring the Concordia Collection, with articles about archiving and preservation, and about other archives and collections. Several interviews with key Canadian figures and a CECG/GEC archive give insight into the development of the Canadian electroacoustic scene through the 1970s–80s.


The world’s largest freely available online jukebox for electroacoustics holds a subset of the works held in the collection.



Staff and personnel, Project Partners, development teams, sponsors and consultants for the project; all the persons and organizations involved in making this a successful project.


Short biographies of the core team of individuals working on this project.


Documentation of the official project launch at Concordia University, Montréal, 17 March 2009.


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Produit avec le soutien financier du Ministère du Patrimoine Canadien
Produced with the financial participation of the Department of Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage - Patrimoine canadien Canada

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