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IAML Antwerp 2014 From historical collections to metadata

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ABSTRACT: From Historical Collections to Metadata: a case study in Scottish Musical Inheritance, paper by Dr Karen E McAulay, Music & Academic Services Librarian, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
The contemporary librarian is more than ever before a conduit for making historical material available to scholars and performers alike. The challenge in today’s world is not only to augment the crucial early manuscripts and publications with appropriate electronic versions, but to provide added value by enriching them with contextual and interpretative information.

The 3-year AHRC-funded project, Bass Culture in Scottish Musical Traditions, seeks to address this set of issues in Scottish bagpipe and fiddle music. Involving the Universities of Glasgow and Cambridge and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, it will provide a substantial web resource of sources and their interpretation, engaging with musicians working in a number of traditions to develop historically-informed practices. The aim is to enable musicians to have an understanding of the structures underpinning Scottish fiddle and pipe music, enriching the traditions with a deeper, more widespread appreciation of the diversity of their roots.

The metadata requirements of the two repertoires have similarities and divergences; flexibility is needed to apply suitable metadata across both. Compatibility with pre-existing approaches is also a prerequisite.

By October 2014, we will be building the web resource; this conference would provide a perfect opportunity to share an innovative collaboration between musicology, librarianship and web development.

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IAML Antwerp 2014 From historical collections to metadata

  1. 1. From Historical Collections to Metadata A case study in Scottish Musical Inheritance Karen E McAulay, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  2. 2. Timeless and Unchanging? 1822, and 1845: William Marshall’s updated piano accompaniment
  3. 3. “It's disturbing when I see kids on buses, listening to music on their phones, and it's just going: tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk, with no bass. Bass culture is Jamaica's gift to the world and technology is, kind of, ruining that. Bass is sexy.” Don Letts, ‘Is this it?’, The Guardian, 4 April 2009 Photo: Eamonn McCabe But why, ‘Bass Culture’?
  4. 4. Charles Gore From book to database http://www.scottishmusicindex.org/
  5. 5. • Gore’s system based on:- • Breandan Breathnach’s Irish collection, Ceol Rince na hEireann, (Breathnach & Small, 1963) Gore’s Index
  6. 6. Wighton Heritage Centre Dundee http://www.leisureandculturedundee.com/library/wighton • Friends of Wighton http://www.friendsofwighton. com/contact.htm • Temporary Wighton Database Search Facility http://www.johnbagnall.info/ allwighton.html
  7. 7. Early American Secular Music and Its European Sources, 1589–1839: An Index • http://www.colonialdancing.org/Easmes/Index.htm
  8. 8. Nigel Gatherer’s Traditional Music • http://www.nigelgatherer.com/index.html
  9. 9. National Library of Scotland Digital Gallery http://digital.nls.uk/gallery.cfm Special Collections of Printed Music http://digital.nls.uk/special-collections-of-printed- music/pageturner.cfm?id=97135480
  10. 10. copac* – Union Catalogue for UK University and National Libraries http://copac.ac.uk/
  11. 11. Work in Progress
  12. 12. Outputs Hms.Scot • 22 tune-books digitised • Searchable by tune titles, personal names and places • Incipits and cadences • Visual comparisons • Commentary on collections, tunes and paratext • Spreadsheet contents
  13. 13. Project Social Media Twitter @bassyculture Blog: Bassculture.info/ Don’t just follow – talk to us!
  14. 14. • Dr Karen McAulay • K.McAulay@rcs.ac.uk • @bassyculture • @karenmca • BassCulture.info/(Mrs Gordon of Knockespoch mp3)
  15. 15. Concerto Caledonia was playing ‘Mrs Gordon of Knockespoch’, from William Marshall’s Volume 2nd of a Collection of Scottish Melodies, Reels, Strathspeys, 1845