11.0318 gleanings

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Thu, 2 Oct 1997 21:20:37 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 318.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: Willard McCarty <Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk> (43)
Subject: gleanings

[2] From: Mark Olsen <mark@tuna.uchicago.edu> (50)
Subject: HI-Fido/Chicago Jazz Archive

Date: Thu, 02 Oct 1997 20:59:36 +0100
From: Willard McCarty <Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk>
Subject: gleanings

>From the Guardian Online for today.

(1) Jim McLellan, "Flying fish, virtual skin"
(<http://online.guardian.co.uk/>), about the sQuawl show, in London's Oxo
Tower, by students from the Middlesex University's Digital Art MA,
<http://www.cea.mdx.ac.uk/CEA/96-97/DART96-97/sQuawl/show.htm>. Apparently a
much more interesting show than Web site, featuring Digital wRap, a wearable
computer described as "a dress with an address", and Artephyshal Life, a
tank with four fish whose movements triggered sounds. The Middlesex MA
students have a much better page for themselves at

(2) Jack Schofield, "Make it snappy", his regular Netwatch column, includes
a notice about an online study by Juliet Gosling, "Virtual Worlds of
Girls", in partial fulfilment of a PhD in Communication and Image Studies
at the University of Kent at Canterbury. It's "an ebook which explores the
20th-century British genre of girls' school stories and looks at the
future of reading in an electronic age." See
<http://www.netmatters.co.uk/ju90/start.htm>. Note also her compilation,
"Health & Safety in the Non-Linear Environment", about the health risks
posed by improper use of the computer, at

(3) Alex Bellos, "X marks the trouble spot", about a project by the Red
Cross in several of its front-line trouble spots, to put digital cameras to
allow its workers to send back over the Internet images of events as they
happen. For a rather different, fascinating and disturbing application of
the digital camera, see Hari Kunzru, "The story of the eye" (Mute vol. 8,
online at <http://www.metamute.com/doc/issue8/jenni.htm>), on a project by
Jennifer Ringley, known as Jennicam, to record and publish on the Internet
images of her daily life. It seems that Ms. Ringley has set up this camera
in her dorm room. "The 'Jennicam' updates every three minutes, and is never
switched off. Whatever Jenny does, she does in front of a crowd."

(4) Dan Jellinek, "Cyberpower to the people", about the promise of
revolutionary democracy brought by electronic communications to politics.
Anna Coote, deputy director of the Institute for Public Policy and Research,
warns, however, "that there is a corresponding potential for harm if people
are misled or if they misunderstand the nature of online processes." This
should give us considerable pause. Who understands "the nature of online
processes"? Should anyone here feel that we don't have any work to do, here
is a challenging assignment!

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Date: Wed, 1 Oct 1997 15:20:49 -0500
From: Mark Olsen <mark@tuna.uchicago.edu>
Subject: HI-Fido/Chicago Jazz Archive

From: Mark Olsen <mark@tuna.uchicago.edu>


Daniel Foster, working on projects in association with ARTFL, asked
me to pass this along. I've wanted for a long time good music in
16 bit audio to my workstation and finally have it. :-) Enjoy!

Here's what Daniel has to say:

The URL is:


Hi-Fido (High-Fidelity Digitization Online) was first developed at ARTFL
on a Power Macintosh by Daniel Foster, Scanning Technician for the
University of Chicago Libraries. This page is still maintained by him and
his email is:


Hi-Fido offers both the sheet music and recordings for a number of classic
Jazz songs. The original source for these artifacts is The Chicago Jazz
Archive at The University of Chicago.

Equipment Needed:

In order to listen to the recordings you will need to install a RealAudio
Player on your computer. The RealPlayer is obtainable free of charge from
http://www.real.com, and there are versions for Windows, MAC, and Sun.
Installation is relatively painless.

Depending on your modem speed, you can listen to an array of different
recordings which differ in quality according to how fast your modem is.
Thus, there are recordings for 14.4 modems which transmit at a bitrate of 8
Kpbs, for 28.8 modems which transmit at a bitrate of 20 Kbps, and for
ISDN connections or faster which transmit at a bitrate of 80 Kbps.

Instructions for Using this Web Page:

In the left-hand frame of this Web page there is an alphabetic list and and a
simple search mechanism if you know the song for which you're looking. If
you click on the song name, this will load in the right-hand frame a full
bibliographic record of the song and whatever recordings are available for
it. At this point you can click in the right-hand frame to load the sheet music
you wish to study, click on the appropriate modem speed for the recording
you want to hear (in either the left- or right-hand frame), or download both
recording and sheet music so you can follow the song with the sheet music.

Alternatively, if you are just interested in listening to recordings you can
click in the left-hand frame on the appropriate modem speed for the song
you want to hear.

Also, you may browse through the full bibliographic records of these songs
in no particular order.


Mark Olsen
Assistant Director
ARTFL Project
University of Chicago
(773) 702-8687
WWW: http://humanities.uchicago.edu/ARTFL/ARTFL.html

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