Community, Memory, and Ethical Access to Music from The Ark and the African Field
This project will build and test a prototype web-based content management platform for delivering digitized and preserved sound recordings of live performances (1969-85) at Ann Arbor’s The Ark music venue and live field recordings (1965-80) made by Leo Sarkisian for the Voice of America’s “Music Time in Africa.” The rich and deeply evocative collections of sound recordings are preserved at the University of Michigan. The scalable project will (1) digitize a sampling of performances from the early years of The Ark and field recordings from all over Africa; (2) engage communities of musicians, music scholars, students, and fans of Americana and World music in describing songs and the assembling memories of performances at The Ark and in African communities using a common metadata model; and (3) experiment with intellectual property management for orphaned recordings and for musicians and songwriters who wish to release their recorded performances under Creative Commons licenses.
From International Shortwave to Digital Archive: Transforming Cultural Property for a New Worldwide Audience
Presented at King's College London, London, UK
Presented at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, University of Maryland, College Park, MA
Presented at DePaul University, Chicago, IL
From International Shortwave to Digital Rebroadcast: Transforming Music Time in Africa for a New Worldwide Audience.
Article published in the IASA Journal.
Created a project website and prototype delivery platform for digitized recordings, photographs, and program flyers from The Ark in Ann Arbor.
Created a website that provides a link to a custom-built content search and streaming service for radio programs and scripts.