Saturday, April 22, 2006

I've Moved

I have spent the past month evaluating different blog services to try and find the best or most convenient service. I have examined Wordpress, Blogsome, TypePad, and Blogger. Each of these blog providers have little nuances that set them apart from the rest in some way, shape or form. But, in the end, Wordpress, I feel, will allow for more individual control, and in the future, if I decide to host my own blog, Wordpress will make for an easier transition than with other services. So that being said...go to the new Audiophile Librarian Blog

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Capturing Analog Sound for Digital Preservation

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has published a report entitled, Capturing Analog Sound for Digital Preservation: Report of a Roundtable Discussion of Best Practices for Transferring Analog Discs and Tapes. This report was commissioned and sponsored by the Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Board. This report is available for download here:
Link to the PDF

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Still Kicking....I swear

Unfortunately I haven't had as much time to devout to The Audiophile Librarian as I would like, but I do have more content planned and will keep updating things. I found this today on Michael Stephen's Blog, Tame the Web and thought it would be a useful. Bibliography of Useful Resources from Planning for Technology Workshop.

Keep checking back, as I will be adding more.

Thursday, February 16, 2006


Finally an Open Source Media Player. Songbird is a proof-of concept release developed by Pioneers of the Inevitable LLC.

"Songbird is a Web player built from Firefox's browser engine. Songbird is open source, will run on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux and supports user contributed, cross platform extensions." This is a media player and organizer that is open source, and is modeled after itunes to have a clean appearance, without out all the extras that nobody wants and can't get rid of. It's still in development, but they are working to do a 1.0 release. The final release should have podcasting options, MP3 player synchronization, the ability to play many formats and burn and rip cds.

Read More in their Blog.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Monk and Trane. The live album discovered by accident!

Many people already know about this, but for those who don't I thought I should post on it. The album, Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall, was released on September 27, 2005 by Blue Note Records after being discovered by accident at the Library of Congress.

"The tapes from that evening at Carnegie Hall were inadequately labeled, filed away amongst the Voice of America’s vast collection of recordings, and apparently forgotten until January 2005 when Larry Appelbaum, a supervisor and jazz specialist at the Library of Congress, came upon them by chance during the routine process of digitally transferring the Library’s collection for preservation purposes."

This recording was made by Voice of America for a later radio broadcast and stored at the Library of Congress. A pivotal point in time for both musician's careers, this sound recording was recorded after they had been playing together for four months. Both the quality of the sound recording and the performance itself are excellent.

Blue Note/Thelonious #35173

Release date: September 27, 2005
For those who wish to purchase itm they can do it at True Blue Music.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Google Music - Slightly Impressed

So Google has unleashed another tool in their already impressive cadre of search capabilities....Artist and Album information, titled Google Music. If you enter an artist's name in the search field of Google, the first result is a link to Google's own search page for that artist with listings of albums, information, links to photos and discussions. The left panel gives you the option to view all tracks or the summary. Reviews are linked as well as places to purchase the albums, and pictures of the album are provided. Lyrics are available by clicking on the song title where you are provided with the first few lines of the lyrics and several links of where to find all of the lyrics. The search works if you enter album titles as well. Pretty impressive...If you ask me it just makes sense...It isn't the best resource for music but it works well and provides users with information they want, quickly and efficiently.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Jazz Resources

A Jazz Improvisation Primer

This website offers content from Marc Sabatella's book, A Jazz Improvisation Primer, published by ADG Productions. The content was originally intended to answer questions on jazz improvisation for introductory students. Designed in text format only, this site offers information on Jazz history, lessons on music theory and chord/scale relationships, as well as a bibliography and discography.

A Passion for Jazz

A gateway for jazz, this website, acts as a one stop location for jazz history and education. In terms of historical information, this website offers a jazz timeline, jazz definitions, Etymology of Jazz, listing of jazz festivals and a Glossary of Jazz Terms. There is also a section on scales and chords, a photo gallery, and a useful tool on public domain works.

Philly Jazz

This website was started as a hobby in 1995 by a jazz enthusiast. This website offers information on Philadelphia Musicians, with links and biographies as well as area resources on Philadelphia Jazz. Useful for musicians and enthusiasts.