Friday, February 21, 2014

New Online Resources in the Conservatory Library!

ACO Music Data Analysis Restricted Resource Resource contains audio
A single search of international charting albums and singles from Billboard, the Official Charts Company. Sophisticated tools allow you to interpret, graph, analyse, compare and contrast musical trends and interactions at the touch of a button. Listen to audio samples for each track and album quickly and easily.

Berliner Philharmoniker's Digital Concert Hall Restricted Resource Resource contains video
The Digital Concert Hall is the virtual concert venue of the Berliner Philharmoniker on the Internet. There are more than 30 broadcasts a year, and the site contains an archive of past performances.

Metropolitan Opera on Demand Restricted Resource Resource contains video
More than 450 Met performances. Dozens of Live in HD productions, classic telecasts from the 1970s, '80s, '90s, and '00s, and hundreds of radio broadcasts dating back to 1936.

RIPM: Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals Restricted Resource Some full text available
Citations to articles in scholarly and popular music periodicals between 1800 and 1950. Contains more than 500,000 entries. Includes RIPM Online Archive, a full-text version of journals indexed in RIPM Retrospective Index to Music

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

U DIG IT?: Max Bessesen digitizes Anthony Braxton's 1975 recording Five Pieces - 1975

The James R. and Susan Neumann Jazz Collection presents
neUmann DIGITization project

We're now giving interested students the chance to choose an LP to digitize from the ca. 50,000 jazz-related recordings currently in the Neumann Jazz Collection and then to answer a few brief questions about their experience. If you'd like to be a part of the project, you can find out more information here. Today our post is by Max Bessesen (OC '16), who chose the 1975 album Five Pieces - 1975 by Anthony Braxton (Arista AL 4064).

Why in general did you want to take part in this project?
I have a special interest in jazz and I am a saxophonist myself. I wanted to see the Neumann Collection as it is such a great resource that I wouldn’t otherwise have much access to. 

Why did you choose this particular record? 
I chose this record because I have listened to it a great deal on YouTube, and I was interested in hearing it with better quality. I also wanted to see how the track names actually looked on the record!

How was this experience different from simply locating an existing digital version of the LP on YouTube or Spotify?
The process of listening to a vinyl record is one that encourages us to sit down and just listen without distraction. Even as a musician I often find it difficult to hollow out time to just absorb an album of music. So this was an immersive experience. It was also a great chance to listen to a record that I don’t think many people have heard, but that I think is really great and deserves broader recognition. So I’m really happy it will be in a more accessible place.

What were some of the highlights of the recording for you?
The first track of the second side (I won’t try to re-create the name) is a very interesting composition, and I think it highlights Braxton’s ability to create a wide variety of textures and provide platforms for spontaneous creation in his band. He’s able to keep a long tune (over 17 minutes) engaging throughout. As a saxophonist I like to listen to Braxton’s articulation—it’s really unique!

Can other students listen to the LP now that it's been digitized?  
Yes, just click here and, when prompted, enter your ObieID and password.  If you’re off campus, you’ll need to authenticate using Oberlin’s VPN.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Andrea Kalyn named Dean of Oberlin Conservatory of Music!!

The Oberlin College Board of Trustees recently confirmed Andrea Kalyn as Dean of Oberlin Conservatory of Music. The Conservatory Library extends the happiest of congratulations to Dean Kalyn!  Read more.