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5 posts from November 2009

30 November 2009

Recording of the Week: Karamojong ox-song

A Ugandan herder shows his concern for one of his oxen with this pensive song, “The hunger of the Ox with small downward-pointing horns has worried me”:

http://sounds.bl.uk/View.aspx?item=025M-C0105X0021XX-0500V0.xml


Ken-Gourlay-Uganda 'Recording of the Week' highlights gems from the Archival Sound Recordings website, chosen by British Library experts or recommended by listeners. This week's item, recorded in July 1967 in a remote village of north eastern Uganda, was selected from the Kenneth Gourlay Uganda Collection by Dr Janet Topp Fargion, curator of World & Traditional Music at the British Library Sound Archive.

27 November 2009

Recording of the Week: Alan Moore at the ICA

Graphic novelist Alan Moore recorded in conversation with Charles Shaar Murray at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in 1987.  Moore discusses his work on the weekly comic 2000 AD, his Watchmen sequence, and the different qualities of comics, novels and films.

http://sounds.bl.uk/View.aspx?item=024M-C0095X0300XX-0100V0.xml

ICA-talks 'Recording of the Week' highlights gems from the Archival Sound Recordings website, chosen by British Library experts or recommended by listeners. This week's item was selected from the Institute of Contemporary Arts talks collection by Stephen Cleary, Curator of Drama & Literature recordings at the British Library Sound Archive. The ICA talks collection has 1,000 hours of recordings of events held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, in the Mall, London, recorded over the period 1981-1994.

16 November 2009

Recording of the Week: Ever wondered why Somerset is affectionately called Zummerzet?

Listen to the way this speaker pronounces several <s> sounds in this recording.

http://sounds.bl.uk/View.aspx?item=021M-C0908X0065XX-1000V0.xml

Accents-and-dialects 'Recording of the Week' highlights gems from the Archival Sound Recordings website, chosen by British Library experts or recommended by listeners. This week's item, selected by Jonnie Robinson, a specialist in sociolinguistics & education at the British Library, is a recording of Jesse Bookyer (d.o.b. 1883). It was made by Stanley Ellis and John Wright in 1956 in Stoke St Gregory, Somerset, for the University of Leeds’ Survey of English Dialects.

09 November 2009

Recording of the Week: early risers

Experience a South African dawn chorus with this recording made at 4.40 am in the Eastern Cape Province in 1979. Various birds and insects add their voices to this early morning symphony and the rhythm of the piece is constantly changing as individuals come and go. 

http://sounds.bl.uk/View.aspx?item=022M-W1CDR0000368-2000V0.xml

Soundscapes 'Recording of the Week' highlights gems from the Archival Sound Recordings website, chosen by British Library experts or recommended by listeners. This week's item was selected from the Soundscapes collection by Cheryl Tipp, curator of wildlife sounds at the British Library Sound Archive. The recording was made in December 1979 by British sound recordist David Watts.

02 November 2009

Recording of the Week: Indian wedding songs

Field recordist Jim Kippen announces the date, location, occasion and performer names at the front of this recording of women's wedding songs sung during a marriage celebration in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. A good model for all ethnomusicologists documenting their field recordings!

http://sounds.bl.uk/View.aspx?item=025M-C0038X0030XX-0100V0.xml
 
James-Kippen-North-India 'Recording of the Week' highlights gems from the Archival Sound Recordings website, chosen by British Library experts or recommended by listeners. This week's item, recorded in March 1982, was selected from the James Kippen North India collection by Dr Janet Topp Fargion, curator of World & Traditional Music at the British Library Sound Archive.