Managing Karadeniz Music Archive (KARMA): Foundations, Improvements, and Current Applications


  • Abdullah Akat Professor, Istanbul University State Conservatory, Maltepe/Istanbul, Türkiye
  • Özgün Arda Nural Lecturer, Trabzon University State Conservatory, Musicology Department and Karadeniz Music Archive, Akçaabat/Trabzon, Türkiye


KARMA, Black Sea, music archiving, focus strategy, digital preservation


KARMA, founded in Trabzon (Türkiye) in 2011, brings together audio-visual archival materials from the Black Sea hinterland. The goal of this article is to promote the epistemological and institutional background and actions of KARMA with its short history, objectives, and current applications for digital preservation. In this context, we will present how KARMA adapts Latour’s actor-network theory, Deleuze and Guattari’s rhizome, and Akat's focus strategy model. We will also stress the importance of both micro and macro perspectives in order to understand the music cultures of the region through historical collections and new connections.


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How to Cite

Akat, Abdullah, and Özgün Arda Nural. 2022. “Managing Karadeniz Music Archive (KARMA): Foundations, Improvements, and Current Applications”. MUZIKOLOGIJA-MUSICOLOGY, no. 33 (December). Belgrade, Serbia:53-71.