With the aim of promoting musicological and organological research in Tunisia, in particular with regard to Tunisian music and Arab music in general, the CAMM has made available to Tunisian or foreign researchers a certain number of tools, access to which is subject to the following conditions. As a rule consultation is free of charge. However, researchers should provide justification concerning their research project, which must be approved and overseen by competent institutions.
Consultation of sound documents
Because of lack of space for consultation of the collection of sound documents held by the National Sound Archive, access to documents can only be obtained by prior appointment at least 48 h in advance.
The reading room
Researchers can carry out their research on the computers at their disposal in the reading room, either on their own or with the help of the CAMM audio librarian.
The “Ranine” database
“Ranine” is a multi-media referral database on which research on the sound archive collection can be made. Once the document searched for has been found on file, a clerk will fetch it from the sound archive stores to be listened to. This database is also available on line and can be consulted from the “data base” heading in the “Sound Archivey” section of this site.
Three fully equipped individual listening booths to listen to recordings on any media (analogue or digital) are available in the reading room.
Consultation of written documents
The references room
Besides the collection of monographs on music that may be consulted on the premises, the CAMM allows researchers access to the digitalized collection of the baron Rodolphe d’Erlanger’s personal archives. This unpublished collection is particularly valuable and attests to the intense artistic and scientific activity that went on in the Ennejma Ezzahra palace under the impetus of the Baron during the first two decades of the twentieth century.
Once the collection of Arab manuscripts constituted by Rodolphe d’Erlanger will have been totally microfilmed it will be open for research purposes.