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Racing against time to preserve history at Lokananta studio

  • Stefanus Ajie

    The Jakarta Post

Surakarta, Central Java   /   Wed, January 15 2020   /  12:40 am
Stacks of wax: A man checks records at Lokananta studio in Surakarta, Central Java. The studio stores 5,670 master recordings and 53,000 vinyl records it has produced since the 1950s. (JP/Stefanus Ajie)(JP/Stefanus Ajie)

Stacks of wax: A man checks records at Lokananta studio in Surakarta, Central Java. The studio stores 5,670 master recordings and 53,000 vinyl records it has produced since the 1950s. (JP/Stefanus Ajie)Recorded 62 years ago, Waldjinah’s first album can still be enjoyed in its original analog format. Ratu Kembang Katjang by the popular keroncong (Indonesian string ensemble mixing Western instruments and Indonesian musical styles) songstress is among the thousands of records stored at Lokananta studio in Surakarta, Central Java, which range from those recorded in the 1950s to contemporary ones.Lokananta was established on Oct. 29, 1956, as the first recording studio and music label in Indonesia, tasked with producing and duplicating the broadcasted material of Indonesian Republic Radio (RRI). Since 2004, it has been a branch of state printing company Percetakan Negara RI (PNRI).Lokananta...