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From Historical Collections to
Metadata
A case study in
Scottish Musical Inheritance
Karen E McAulay, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Timeless and
Unchanging?
1822, and 1845:
William
Marshall’s
updated piano
accompaniment
“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’?
Charles Gore
From book to database
http://www.scottishmusicindex.org/
• Gore’s system based
on:-
• Breandan Breathnach’s
Irish collection, Ceol
Rince na hEireann,
(Breathnach & Small,
1963)
Gore’s Index
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
Early American Secular Music and Its
European Sources, 1589–1839: An Index
• http://www.colonialdancing.org/Easmes/Index.htm
Nigel Gatherer’s Traditional Music
• http://www.nigelgatherer.com/index.html
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
copac* – Union Catalogue for UK
University and National Libraries
http://copac.ac.uk/
Work in Progress
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
Project Social Media
Twitter @bassyculture
Blog: Bassculture.info/
Don’t just follow – talk
to us!
• Dr Karen McAulay
• K.McAulay@rcs.ac.uk
• @bassyculture
• @karenmca
• BassCulture.info/(Mrs Gordon of Knockespoch mp3)
Concerto Caledonia was playing
‘Mrs Gordon of
Knockespoch’, from
William Marshall’s
Volume 2nd of a
Collection of Scottish
Melodies, Reels,
Strathspeys, 1845

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IAML Antwerp 2014 From historical collections to metadata

  • 1. From Historical Collections to Metadata A case study in Scottish Musical Inheritance Karen E McAulay, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • 2.
  • 3. Timeless and Unchanging? 1822, and 1845: William Marshall’s updated piano accompaniment
  • 4. “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’?
  • 5. Charles Gore From book to database http://www.scottishmusicindex.org/
  • 6. • Gore’s system based on:- • Breandan Breathnach’s Irish collection, Ceol Rince na hEireann, (Breathnach & Small, 1963) Gore’s Index
  • 7. 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
  • 8. Early American Secular Music and Its European Sources, 1589–1839: An Index • http://www.colonialdancing.org/Easmes/Index.htm
  • 9. Nigel Gatherer’s Traditional Music • http://www.nigelgatherer.com/index.html
  • 10. 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
  • 11. copac* – Union Catalogue for UK University and National Libraries http://copac.ac.uk/
  • 13. 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
  • 14. Project Social Media Twitter @bassyculture Blog: Bassculture.info/ Don’t just follow – talk to us!
  • 15. • Dr Karen McAulay • K.McAulay@rcs.ac.uk • @bassyculture • @karenmca • BassCulture.info/(Mrs Gordon of Knockespoch mp3)
  • 16. Concerto Caledonia was playing ‘Mrs Gordon of Knockespoch’, from William Marshall’s Volume 2nd of a Collection of Scottish Melodies, Reels, Strathspeys, 1845