Collecting campaigns throughout the country figure amongst the National Sound Archive’s most important missions. Since its creation, the CAMM has set up a collection unit equipped with a mobile studio designed to operate a systematic coverage of the whole country in order to record various musical expressions, and primarily the expressions that are at risk of disappearing forever once those who practice them disappear. The ultimate objective of this work is to establish a Tunisian musical map. Both digital and analogue recordings on magnetic tape are made. Each operation is systematically recorded on video as well as on photo. In the regions of the country, the network of cultural centres cooperates in identifying informers and sometimes also in the recording process.
Begun in 1999, these companions covered the Governorates of Kef, Siliana, Béja, Tozeur, Kebili, Monastir, Bizerte, Tataouine and Gafsa.
Other collecting operations were conducted by independent researchers at the request and with the support of CMAM, and concerned musical expressions of the, Guermessa and Kasserine and the isles of Kerkenah
For many years, the TNSA collecting teams have recorded the most important music concerts given at international festivals, such as the Carthage International Festival, the international festivals of Testour, Sousse, Monastir and the Medina of Tunis.