Virginia Tech: Design and Development of a Metadata-Driven Search Tool for use with Digital Recordings. “It is becoming more common for researchers to use existing recordings as a source for data rather than to generate new media for research. Prior to the examination of recordings, data must be extracted from the recordings and the recordings must be described with metadata to allow users to search for the recordings and to search information within the recordings. The purpose of this small-scale study was to develop a web based search tool that will permit a comprehensive search of spoken information within a collection of existing digital recordings archived in an open-access digital repository.” Doctoral dissertation!
Artnet News: This Newly Discovered Radio Clip May Be the Only Known Recording of Frida Kahlo’s Voice. Listen to It Here. “Everyone knows the face of Frida Kahlo. Now, we may finally know what she sounded like, following the discovery of what could be the only known recording of the great Mexican artist’s voice. The recording discovered in Mexico’s national sound library, the Fonoteca National, could be the only known record of Kahlo speaking.”
TechCrunch: Spotify launches ‘Your Daily Drive,’ a personalized playlist that combines music and podcasts. “Recently, Spotify was spotted testing a new personalized playlist called ‘Your Daily Drive,’ which included both music and podcasts. Today, the company is officially launching this playlist in the U.S. in an effort to better cater to commuters who spend 70 billion collective hours behind the wheel, the company says. The playlist includes the music you already like along with other recommended tracks — the latter similar to its flagship playlist Discover Weekly — as well as podcast news updates from The Wall Street Journal, NPR and PRI (Public Radio International.)” I am super excited about this. Unfortunately it hasn’t turned up in my Spotify yet.
New-to-me, from Middle East Eye: Lost in music: How Palestine’s forgotten songs got rebooted. “They gathered in an apartment in Ramallah for two weeks – a diverse group of musicians and DJs brought together for a unique project. They included DJ and producer Sama Abdulhadi, Nasser Halahlih, a pioneer of 2000s electronic music, and Muqata’a, the godfather of Ramallah’s hip hop scene. Their task? To compose and record Electrosteen, an album based on a huge, painstakingly collected audio archive of Palestinian folklore.”
LiveMint: Archiving the sound of music. “The noise of NH48 gets left behind as soon as you enter the institutional area in Sector 32, Gurugram. On either side of leafy avenues are tall glass-panelled towers. Amidst these high-rise buildings a compact, pristine structure stands out—exposed bricks, green domes and terracotta sculptures scattered on the front lawn. This structure is home to the American Institute of Indian Studies, which has two centres — the Centre for Art and Archeology, and the Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology (Arce). I am here to visit the latter.”
University of Texas Arlington: Music archive allows users to preserve and stream DFW bands. “A faculty member at The University of Texas at Arlington is working to preserve North Texas’ independent music scene through an online audio archive and streaming platform. David Arditi, a UTA assistant professor of sociology, has spent four years building the newly revamped MusicDetour: The DFW Local Music Archive, a digital depository for music created and performed in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.”
The Next Web: New algorithm allows researchers to change what people say on video by editing transcript. “For better or worse, it’s getting easier than ever to doctor video footage, and the latest development in this field is as scary as it is impressive. A new algorithm developed by researchers from Stanford University, Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Princeton University, and Adobe makes it possible to alter human speech in a video, just by changing the text in its transcript.”