The Svalbard archipelago in chilly Norway will soon be home to not one, not two, but three doomsday vaults with plans by an Oslo based management firm to build their own 1,000 feet below the surface.
This one won’t be the globally renowned seed vault that hosts millions of brown dots from 930,000+ species globally or the ‘Article World Vault’ that stores historical and cultural artifacts. Instead, it’ll be an exclusive music vault that too will last for 1,000 years in a bunker that can withstand an electromagnetic pulse from a nuclear blast.
Dubbed the Global Music Vault it’ll first store examples of indigenous music styles before moving to a broader selection of culturally relevant and important cross-sections of audio from around the world. Surely New Orders ‘Monday’ gets a look in right?
Luke Jenkinson the Global Music Vault managing director says they’ll try to keep the process as democratic as possible with nations able to submit their choices and a public vote included to make sure the right music is being stored.
Why 1,000 feet below the Svalbard archipelago in Norway? The location is perfect for its cool and dry characteristics that preserve rather than decay and why it’s home to three unique vaults. Adding to that is the actual process of storage. This isn’t any dinky cassettes in a dusty box and instead ‘binary coding and high-density QR codes written on durable optical film’ developed by local data storage experts.
All in all, a very cool project that break ground in 2022. What tracks would you love to see down there??