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National Jukebox at LoC

Library of Congress Launches, with Sony Music Content, the National Jukebox, an Online Destination for Historical Sound Recordings, News from the Library of Congress, (May 10, 2011).

Largest Collection of Historical Recordings Ever Made Publically Available Online
The Library of Congress and Sony Music Entertainment today unveiled a new website of over 10,000 rare historic sound recordings available to the public for the first time digitally. The site is called the “National Jukebox” (www.loc.gov/jukebox/).
Developed by the Library of Congress, with assets provided by Sony Music Entertainment, the National Jukebox offers free online access to a vast selection of music and spoken-word recordings produced in the U.S. between the years 1901 and 1925.

Machine converts light from microfiche reader to music on a Casio keyboard

Don’t go throwing out your microfiche machines just yet. At last month’s Maker Faire, Andrew (aka Pillowsopher) showed off his microfiche-to-MIDI machine. The microfiche machine takes light (in this case, from the screen of the microfiche reader) and converts it into MIDI signals that can then be sent to devices that take MIDI input, like synthesizers or computers. Andrew made the machine for a San Francisco band called Microfiche. Anyone want to go to their next show on June 6?

FGI Podcast #2 – FGI Roundtable, LOCKSS, Profile America, Scary Guy

Show notes for FGI podcast #2

Note: We still have things to learn about podcasting. This time it is audio leveling. The sound does go up and down a bit but hopefully won’t be too distracting. If you have tips about equalizing volume levels in Audacity, please send them our way in one of the comment options listed below:
Today’s 40 minute show had the following segments:

  • FGI Roundtable – Jim A Jacobs, James R. Jacobs, Shinjoung Yeo and Daniel Cornwall discuss what led them to work with Free Government Information and what we see as the big issues facing the government information community.
  • Elizabeth Cowell discusses the GPO LOCKSS pilot project at the Spring 2007 Depository Library Conference.
  • Podcast Sampler – we take a quick listen to Profile America, a podcast from the US Census bureau intended to be played by broadcasters. Check out other government podcasts.
  • Outro music – Scary Guy by Maria Daines used by permission. According to the story behind the song, this song was inspired by the global Scary Guy project.