This article was originally posted on the Europeana Sounds web site. Read the original article here.

Have an ear for musical instruments? Use your talent to tag all the instruments you hear in the musical recordings of the Europeana Sounds collections! There are so many historical music recordings in our archives that we just can not describe all the instruments by ourselves. So that’s why we kindly ask your help to tag our beloved music collections with all the instruments that you can hear in a song. The music in Europeana Sounds range from beautiful folk music from Greece to Scandinavian improvised space rock all the way to the sounds coming from Tibetian monastries.

Please use the ‘Instrument Tag’ in the Pundit tool (instructions underneath), because this helps us to have standardised names for all the musical instruments in our collections. In this way you also help out music lovers and archivists that do not speak your language, since all the instruments via the ‘Instrument Tag’ button of Pundit are controlled and available in a lot of languages. Watch the instructions below to use Pundit and know how to feel like a true archivist!

How does it work?

  1. Go to the WITH platform here and click on ‘Start tagging’.
  2. Login to the WITH platform to listen to the first of 10 random songs.
  3. Tag all the instruments you hear in the song using the Pundit button (see GIF underneath).
  4. Then go to the next musical recording by clicking ‘Next item’.

Some notes

  • This is a beta release, so if you come across any bugs, please report them to
  • We strongly suggest to use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome as browser.
  • Be aware that you currently need to login twice (for WITH and Pundit). We know this is not ideal, so in our future release you can use one login.
  • You always need to click the ‘Use’ and the ‘Save annotation’ button in order to properly tag an instrument.
  • Is the GIF not clear? Check out this short video (18 sec.) for further instructions: