Late Summer Lecture Podcast: The Changing Face of Collection in Folk Music


MicrophoneA podcast recorded at the Late Summer Lecture Series is now available to download.

Elise Gayraud (Department of Music) explores the evolution of collections of folk heritage. Personal collections held by folk musicians themselves were not intended to be published, nor were they always classical transcriptions of tunes. They consisted of basic reminders for musicians who already knew the tunes or for callers who regularly called dances. Personal compositions frequently are included in the collections, most of them composed “in a traditional style.” A modern way of making these collections available to a wider audience is sharing them on the internet. The potential of this new medium as a sharing device has been widely studied and has been used in the case of folk resources.

The Late Summer Lectures Series showcases postgraduate research in the faculty of Arts and Humanities. LSLS is organised by the Department of English Studies, with lectures given by PhD researchers from all departments within the Arts and Humanities. After its successful run in 2012, the series will soon be recruiting new organisers for 2013. For details, follow the LSLS Facebook page.

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