[Humanist] 30.920 ethnomusicology & interface design: The Global Jukebox

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Tue Apr 25 07:33:46 CEST 2017

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 30, No. 920.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:31:41 -0400 (EDT)
        From: lachance at chass.utoronto.ca
        Subject: The Global Jukebox

Of interest to Humanist subscribers particularly those concerned with
interface design.

From the

> Subject: [AMS-L] The Global Jukebox
> From:    "Victor grauer" <victorag at VERIZON.NET>
> Date:    Wed, April 19, 2017 10:19 am

It is my great pleasure to announce that the legendary Global Jukebox,
initiated some years ago by Alan Lomax, who died before it could be
completed, is finally available to all interested parties, as a freely
accessible website. Thanks in large part to the heroic efforts of Alan's
daughter, Dr. Anna Lomax Wood, and an extraordinary team of specialists
and assistants at the Association for Cultural Equity. Here's the link:

While in many ways still a work in progress, it contains a wealth of
fascinating material that should be of interest to many if not all
ethnomusicologists, musicologists, anthropologists and anyone with a
serious interest in world music. Currently it is only the musical aspect
that's available, with special attention to the "Cantometrics" database
developed by Lomax and myself back in the 60's, but it will ultimately
make other features of Lomax's performance-style research available as
well, including Choreometrics (the comparative study of dance and
movement) and Parlometrics (the study of speech-style).

One need not have a serious interest in Cantometrics to benefit from the
resources made available therein, but for those with an interest in
comparative research a very simple and straightforward method of querying
the Cantometric database is available (see under the menu titled
"Analytics"). I'll call your attention as well to the menu titled
"Journeys," to which I've contributed, where specific style distributions
are covered in some detail.

The heart of the Jukebox is the vast archive of field recordings available
at the click of a mouse, a priceless resource that will be of interest to
a great many music lovers, regardless of whether or not they intend to use
it as a research tool. (Unfortunately, due to constraints stemming from
the need to obtain permissions from rights-holders, the recordings are not
available for download.)


Victor Grauer

Francois Lachance

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