Intriguing Audio Mystery

Our Digital Transfer Operator Sandy Ditchburn came across an enigmatic audio recording this week.

Sandy and the rest of the Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision sound archivists have been working on a project to digitise our valuable audio heritage. One of the discs she came across in her digitisation work was a mysterious one, with minimal descriptive labelling, containing this recording:

[Archival audio from the Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision collection. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of Copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact]

The mystery disc.
The mystery disc.

One of our preservationists suggested that it may have come from the Pitcairn Islands. Or is this avant-garde band?

Can you help us solve the mystery? If you can shed any light on this recording, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact

This disc is part of the Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision D-Series, which is an assortment of over 10,000 audio disc recordings spanning 1935-1958. Amongst the recordings in the D-Series are wartime radio newsreels, election addresses, current events programmes, and numerous recordings of music by New Zealand composers, including early broadcasts by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.


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