Category Archives: Audio-Visual

New Musical Resource – Unheard and forgotten for 60 years

Over 2000 recordings by British and Irish Muscians have been digitised and made available online in a project by Kings College, London. The Musicains of Britain and Ireland 1900-1950 project is allowing listeners and researchers to rediscover leading musicians who were once household names. Most of the recordings are making their first public appearance since … Read more

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Serving Soldier Collection Launch

This week saw the launch of the Serving Soldier project at Kings College, London. The project is providing online access to unique original documents and photographs held by the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives. The project takes the multi-faceted role of the soldier as its central theme: Exposing a proportion of little known material (hidden … Read more

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Film and Sound in Education: New Videos

Despite the unbiquitous presence of moving image and sound in much of our daily lives, it has largely failed to make any impact in academic teaching, learning and research. In an attempt to strengthen the role of film and sound in further and higher education, the Film and Sound Think Tank has recently launched a set … Read more

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More Classical Music Online – Chopin

The addition of over 1500 recordings of Chopin’s music – including key performances of piano repertoire, including all Mazurkas, Preludes, Etudes, Polonaises and more – is another string to the bow of the British Library’s Archival Sound Recordings. The Sound Archive has now built up a formidable array of early recordings of canonical composters, comprising … Read more

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Teaching and learning with sound recordings

Moving images and sound recordings are still relatively little used as support to teaching and learning in comparison to other, more established, digital resources such as images and text material. However, they do offer great potential for being exploited in innovative ways within teaching and students work, as well as, of course, research. The digitisation … Read more

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JISC Digital Media announces Video Assist

JISC Digital Media recently launched Video Assist.  This is a new in-depth consultation scheme offering a free bespoke advice and training in the creation of video resources, for a selcted number of successful projects. Below are further details of this exciting new service: JISC Digital Media today announces the launch of Video Assist, a new … Read more

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British Film Institute puts 600 hours of film online

The British Film Institute has announceed the completion of a ground breaking project to give academics, teachers, students and researchers free online access to hundreds of hours of film and television. Available through the BFI National Archive these clips tell the complex social, economic and political history of Britain in the 20th century. Funded by … Read more

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Music Without Walls

From Indian ritual music to bawdy English pub songs to Ugandan court music to Nigerian Highlife, the British Library’s collections of world and traditional music are emerging from the shelves of the Sound Archive and appearing on the Archival Sound Recordings website. Below are some of the new collections that are available from the Sound … Read more

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Classical Research in the Digital Age

 The British Library’s Archival Sound Recordings project, supported by JISC, today launches a vital new resource for the exploration of western classical music heritage. Bringing together nearly 1000 historic recordings, this freely available online collection allows researchers to easily compare various interpretations of great composers, tracing the impact of globalisation on performance style and its … Read more

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Learning on Screen Conference 2009

The Learning on Screen Conference 2009 will be held at The Wellcome Collection, on 7th and 8th April 2009 and will focus on: Disability and Access to Moving Image and Sound. The Learning on Screen Conference will offer an opportunity for academic service providers, web developers, lecturers, broadcasters, educationists, advisors, publishers and representatives of disability … Read more

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First hand accounts of the Holocaust

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day and to mark the occasion the British Library’s JISC funded Archival Sound Recordings project has added a new tool for Holocaust research and education, available online. Here are some of the details of the collection by the project manager, Peter Findlay (more can be read on the Sound recordings blog): Jewish … Read more

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Make sure collection names are obvious

The British Library’s Sound Archive has some fascinating collections but they tend to have some quite obscure names. For example, the St Mary-le-Bow public debates have contributions from Iris Murdoch, Peter Cook and Enoch Powell. A previous version of the Sound Archive website replicated these collection names – and quite possibly put off users who … Read more

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Unlocking Audio 2: Connecting With Listeners

On 16-17 March 2009, The British Library will be hosting the conference Unlocking Audio 2: Connecting With Listeners. The conference is a key event exploring the use of sound recordings online, focussing on ways that researchers and other audiences expect to discover, browse, audition and analyse archival audio resources. It will be of interest to … Read more

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Yesterdays’s Headlines …. Televised News Online

NewsFilm Online, launched last week, contains 60,000 digitised clips from the archives of ITN and other news sources. It’s an incredibly rich resource, featuring news stories relating to events such as the Suez crisis in 1956, Nelson Mandela’s first interview in 1961, the moon landing in 1969 and the death of Diana, Princess of Wales … Read more

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Will a BBC video archive swamp everything else?

Various events earlier in the summer gave the BBC the chance to parade their plans to digitise their entire back archive of televisual material. (Although it’s interesting to note there is little info on this on the BBC site itself, particularly on its archive pages). The plans are not new. Back in 2006, there were … Read more

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Using Sound in Education – Sound Archives User Panel

The Archive Sound Recording Project is developing its user panel, and holding a related event on 11th March 2008. Details below The British Library’s Archival Sound Recordings (www.bl.uk/sounds) is a JISC funded project to make selected material from the Sound Archive available online to Higher and Further Education institutions. The project will be hosting a … Read more

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