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They’re building a vault in Norway to store digital music for all time

Somewhere on an island in northern Norway, a company called Elire Management Group is building a hardened vault designed to store the world’s digital music. It will be hardened against all possible conditions, including the EMP that results from a nuclear strike. No electromagnetic radiation will be able to penetrate the vault and ruin all those precious zeroes and ones.

The plan is for this vault to last for at least a thousand years. It’s the music equivalent of the “doomsday seed bank,” also in Norway, that is a repository for all kinds of seeds for food crops.

Elire is working with the International Music Council to determine which music should be preserved. The Beatles organization is on board already and other rightsholders are being asked if they’d like to participate. If things go according to plan, the general public will be able to access all the music in the vault.

Besides the Beatles, what else should be included in this apocalypse-proof storage facility?

(Via Exclaim!)

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