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Seattle Sounds Archive and Preservation Project: SSAPP

SSAPP aims to preserve and make accessible Seattle's many music traditions.


SSAPP collects and preserves Seattle area music, both vintage and contemporary. Established in 2006 as Puget Sounds, SSAPP aims to provide researchers with enduring access to recordings that capture a constellation of locally performed traditions and styles: roots, reggae, hip hop, funk, be bop, classical, opera, avant-garde, freak folk, noise, thrash metal, punk, edm, emo, shoegazer, even grunge and more. To learn about SSAPP's 50,000+ recordings, browse the collections tab to your left or get in touch with us at Similarly, if you have general questions about SSAPP, would like to contribute your own recordings or the project, or want to support our efforts to preserve Seattle's music history, please contact us. We want to hear from you!