National Science Foundation Grants $1.8 Million to Build Foundation for New Music Production Ecosystem: Researchers from the University of Rochester and Northwestern University Collaborate (University of Rochester)

University of Rochester: National Science Foundation Grants $1.8 Million to Build Foundation for New Music Production Ecosystem: Researchers from the University of Rochester and Northwestern University Collaborate. “A team of researchers from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, Warner School of Education & Human Development, Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, and School of Arts & Sciences, along with Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering, are collaborating to leverage and better utilize Artificial Intelligence (AI) to empower musicians to produce and disseminate their art more effectively and independently.”

TVNewsCheck: WUSF Tampa Launches 24-hour Live Jazz Streaming Service

TVNewsCheck: WUSF Tampa Launches 24-hour Live Jazz Streaming Service. “Vastly expanding its online jazz offerings, WUSF Public Media is unveiling an on-demand jazz music streaming service at Arts Axis Florida with a wide range of recordings, podcasts and concert videos of jazz musicians from Tampa Bay and beyond — available on mobile, desktop, tablet and more, for free, anytime, anywhere.”

Hong Kong Free Press: Hong Kong asks search engine to place correct national anthem info in top results following rugby row

Hong Kong Free Press: Hong Kong asks search engine to place correct national anthem info in top results following rugby row. “It came after ‘Glory to Hong Kong’ – a tune popular among the city’s pro-democracy protesters in 2019 – was heard at South Korea’s Rugby Sevens instead of the Chinese national anthem ‘March of the Volunteers.’… The organiser had reportedly downloaded the top song listed when when searching online for the ‘Hong Kong national anthem.'”

New Yorker: Turning YouTube Comments Into Art

New Yorker: Turning YouTube Comments Into Art. “…a ‘web experience’ [Chiara] Amisola created this past Valentine’s Day… explores ‘the rawness of human intimacy and confession in the YouTube comments left under love songs.’ The page is minimal: each comment appears in large black text above the video in question, which plays inside a small circle that rotates like an LP.”

CBS News: Minnesotans’ massive antique pump organ collection spans neighboring homes

CBS News: Minnesotans’ massive antique pump organ collection spans neighboring homes. “Ron Manzow has spent most of his life in Plainview. He taught third grade for decades before retiring. But you could say his home is still full of history lessons. Manzow has collected 75 pipe organs. His collection has gotten so big, in fact, that he bought the house next door to him for storage.”

Smithsonian: National Museum of American History Adds Key Blues Archive

Smithsonian: National Museum of American History Adds Key Blues Archive. “The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has accepted the donation of the late Robert ‘Mack’ McCormick’s significant blues and folklore archive as a gift from his daughter, Susannah Nix. The extensive collection consists of 590 reels of sound recordings and 165 boxes of materials, totaling more than 70 cubic feet of unpublished manuscripts, original interviews and research notes, thousands of photographs and negatives, playbills, posters, maps, booking contracts and business records.”

Motherboard: Libraries Are Launching Their Own Local Music Streaming Platforms

Motherboard: Libraries Are Launching Their Own Local Music Streaming Platforms. “Over a dozen public libraries in the U.S. and Canada have begun offering their own music streaming services to patrons, with the goal of boosting artists and local music scenes. The services are region-specific, and offer local artists non-exclusive licenses to make their albums available to the community.”

Nikkei Asia: Vinyl production finds groove in Japan, thanks to social media

Nikkei Asia: Vinyl production finds groove in Japan, thanks to social media . “As ‘city pop,’ a type of Japanese pop music produced in the 1970s and ’80s, wins a new generation of fans around the world, production of phonograph records, the principal medium for recorded music at the time, has more than quadrupled over the past decade in Japan. As city pop gains more exposure through TikTok and other video hosting apps, it has drawn young people to vinyl records, which offer a listening experience that differs from digital music. More artists these days are also releasing new music on records.”

Jazzed: National Library of Norway Releases Thousands of Intimate Photographs of Jazz Greats

Jazzed: National Library of Norway Releases Thousands of Intimate Photographs of Jazz Greats. “The Norwegian music journalist Randi Hultin (1926–2000) opened her home to many of the great jazz legends. She documented her life in the company of artists such as John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Count Basie in the form of tens of thousands of photographs – pictures which are now held in the National Library of Norway…. A large number of pictures have also been digitised and uploaded to the online archives.”

Yale Library: New voices added to Yale Library’s collection of music oral histories

I thought I must have indexed this but I can’t find it anywhere so, new-to-me: New voices added to Yale Library’s collection of music oral histories. “The recordings will add the voices of two more gospel artists to [Oral History of American Music]’s growing collection, Major Figures in American Music. The collection now contains more than 1,400 recorded interviews, dating from 1970 to the present day, with noted composers and musicians.”

Mix Online: KCRW Preserves Trove of Unearthed Live Sessions

Mix Online: KCRW Preserves Trove of Unearthed Live Sessions. “On November 14, 2022, one year after KCRW released the critically acclaimed podcast Bent by Nature: Deirdre O’Donoghue and the Lost SNAP Archives, the station is releasing a trove of sessions, some of them unheard since they aired almost 40 years ago. This archive includes early live performance recordings from underground and alternative acts like R.E.M., Tom Waits, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Meat Puppets, Harry Dean Stanton, Pere Ubu, The Church, Blue Aeroplanes, Robyn Hitchcock, Shawn Colvin, Concrete Blonde, Daniel Lanois, Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, Sarah McLachlan, Suzanne Vega and many more.”

Mashable: V Live, the largest archive of K-pop live streams, is shutting down. What will happen to those videos?

Mashable: V Live, the largest archive of K-pop live streams, is shutting down. What will happen to those videos?. “On Monday, Oct. 31, South Korean live streaming app V Live notified users that it’d be shutting down on Dec. 31, 2022. The closure isn’t a surprise — in March, HYBE, owner of the competing app Weverse, announced it had acquired V Live and intended to close the app — but it is a bummer for artists and fans. V Live is the largest-ever archive of live-streamed K-pop content. Where will that content live on when the app goes dark?”

Phys .org: ‘Global Jukebox’ performing arts database now publicly available

Phys.org: ‘Global Jukebox’ performing arts database now publicly available. “The Global Jukebox relies on a dataset that includes traditional songs representing 1,026 societies. Many of the recordings were captured by ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax, who categorized them according to different features of musical style, such as number of singers, vocal embellishments, and various rhythmic and melodic qualities; 37 such features are now included for each of the 5,776 songs in the Global Jukebox dataset. A preliminary version of the Global Jukebox tool launched in 2017, and the underlying database is now available for anyone to download.”

Classical Music: New website reunites musicians with lost instruments

Classical Music: New website reunites musicians with lost instruments. “Insurer Allianz Musical Insurance has launched a website that aims to help reunite musicians with their lost instruments. The new site… will allow musicians from across the UK to register lost, stolen and found instruments online for free.” You do not have to be an Allianz policy holder to use the site.