Folk Music NYC Message Board › Global Jukebox, Alan Lomax's dream realized
Jackson Heights, NY
Hello out there,
Most of you probably heard something this past week about the American Folklife Centers digitization and release of the copious materials collected by folklorist Alan Lomax. Here are a few links to news articles, the American Folklife Center and the John Szwed biography digital edition at NY Public Library, plus a bonus site of links to music resources from around the world.
WNYC’s The Take Away
NY Times article
From the article:
A decade after his death technology has finally caught up to Lomax’s imagination. Just as he dreamed, his vast archive — some 5,000 hours of sound recordings, 400,000 feet of film, 3,000 videotapes, 5,000 photographs and piles of manuscripts, much of it tucked away in forgotten or inaccessible corners — is being digitized so that the collection can be accessed online. About 17,000 music tracks will be available for free streaming by the end of February, and later some of that music may be for sale as CDs or digital downloads.
Author John Szwed’s fascinating Alan Lomax: A Biography is available at local libraries, in hard copy and digital form at NYPL
* Thanks Rosemarie for the loan of her copy (started with that, then I switched to the digital edition on my phone, so small and portable).
Science Friday’s Science and the Arts blog
Finally, folklorist & musician Nathan Salsburg’s blog, text and audio links to world music
A directory of online concerns offering indigenous, local, traditional, site- or people-specific music.
Enjoy these digital resources, but go out to play or hear some music in the physical realm. There are several new meetup opportunities posted. Check them out, put them on your calendar! See you there.
Have a great weekend.
Edited by Lynn on Feb 17, 2012 12:07 AM
New York, NY
This is wonderful news! I am looking forward to enjoying this resource!