Thursday, April 29, 2010

Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music - experience the access, scholarship, and beauty of DIAMM!

From its beginnings in 1998, the purpose of the Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music (DIAMM) was to obtain and archive digital images of European sources of medieval polyphonic music, captured directly from the original document. The purposes were (1) conservation and protection against loss, especially of vulnerable fragments, and (2) to enable libraries to supply the best possible quality of images to scholars. High-quality direct digital capture ensures a level of detail and colour accuracy that is not possible from scans of surrogates such as slides or glossy photographs. In particular, this type of imaging is crucial to detailed study. Normal single-shot digital photography usually captures at a maximum of 7-11 Megapixels. The imaging used by DIAMM captures at a maximum of 144 Megapixels. This extremely high resolution is necessary for digital restoration. Where there is damage that makes these sources difficult to read, detailed restoration of copies of the original images is possible, to improve legibility and scholarly access. Check it out here.

Monday, April 26, 2010

10 Simple Google Search Tricks

I’m always amazed that more people don’t know the little tricks you can use to get more out of a simple Google search. Here are 10 of my favorites.

1. Use the “site:” operator to limit searches to a particular site. I use this one all the time, and it’s particularly handy because many site’s built-in search tools don’t return the results you’re looking for (and some sites don’t even have a search feature). more

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Exclusive tour of jazzy new Kohl Building

Oberlin College is about to open the new Bertram and Judith Kohl Building for jazz studies!

The new facility is a $24 million expansion of the college's renown Conservatory of Music. Read more and watch a video tour with Dean Stull.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

iBone - the pocket trombone

iBone - the Pocket Trombone for iPhone or iPod Touch. Play-a-long with music from your iTunes library or with a selection from the iBone Songbook. Watch a demo here.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Classic jazz DVDs

Check out the "Jazz classics collection." It includes 7 DVDs with loads of classic jazz and big band artists, including Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Peggy Lee, Lena Horne, Stan Kenton, the Dorsey Brothers, and many more.

DVD-2844 Jazz and big band classics : classic tracks from the golden era of jazz

DVD-2845 In the mood for love : romantic classics from the golden era of jazz

DVD-2846 The boys are back in town! classic tracks from the gentlemen of jazz

DVD-2847 This joint is jumpin' : stompin' classics from the Big Band era

DVD-2848 Lights, camera, action! : great big bands from the silver screen

DVD-2849 Sleepytime down south : slow and easy tracks from the golden era of jazz

DVD-2850 Duke Ellington : early tracks from the master of swing

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

lala - Where music plays!

Where music plays.
Take your music and fuse it with a massive licensed catalog to easily play, buy, and share on the web. A music collection for the way you live -- online.
Lala’s catalog includes over 6 million songs which users can play once for free before buying. For as little as 10 cents, users can buy a web song, a new product that gives users the ability to play the song as often as they choose from their web collection. The web song fee can be applied towards the purchase of the DRM-free MP3 version of the same track. MP3s are priced from 89 cents or 99 cents and are eligible for 10 cent store credits based on prior web song purchase. Check it out here!