a cross-cultural footnote

Though I tend to skip conference videos (reading text is faster for me), a title caught my eye in a recent recode.net newsletter: “how a 1980s hip-hop beat can be traced back to 1910.” Watch Estelle Caswell’s talk here.

I have wondered about that sound! As Caswell describes, there’s a sound shared amongst many 1980s and early 1990s hip-hop songs. It’s called an orchestral hit. A nifty and groundbreaking machine called the Fairlight CMI (1979) enabled its sampling; ultimately, it’s Igor Stravinsky’s fault, I mean genius. Pretty cool. Also available: the finished cut underlying the talk, produced for vox.com’s Earworm series; Robert Fink’s 2005 article in the peer-reviewed journal Popular Music, to which the Earworm segment links and which includes the substance of the reconstruction Caswell presents.

The rest of this post is a cross-cultural footnote about an unexpected disconnect between two related parts of Caswell’s talk.
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an old storify post, archived

Apparently, I posted the content below to Storify “7 years ago.” It’s six calendar years, given the link in the original content, with no precise timestamp within Storify.

Why did we ever think Storify could be used to archive digital content? Mess, metadata-wise.

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glitch unstuck
I’ve been looking forward for a while to Glitch’s open beta, but not for the usual reason.

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here a fitt ends

As of July 2016, I’ll cease to be Digital Publications Manager at the Mark Twain Project, UC Berkeley. (After eleven years, and by choice.) New challenges ahoy.

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Collaborating on Han shu (漢書)

01Collaborating on Han shu (漢書)
[Part of the 2016 DH Faire as a panelist in “The Library and DH: Support Through Collaboration.” Click on slide images to embiggen.]

During this academic year, my MTP colleague Mandy Gagel and I have been the staff participants in Scott McGinnis’s project to build what he calls a digital-literary combined edition of a classical Chinese text, Han shu (漢書), which means History of the [Western] Han. A Digital Humanities at Berkeley collaborative research grant has funded the development of a scaled-down prototype of this digital Han shu. I can’t speak for Mandy, or indeed for Scott; for myself, the chance to work with a junior colleague on an ambitious digital-text project is exciting, both in itself and because I know from personal experience that it would’ve been impossible here twenty years ago. I’ll start with an overview of Scott’s work, then share an anecdote about what it was like to work on a digital transcription project in 1996.
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the state of mark twain project online

Sherry Darling asked on SEDIT-L recently about practices used in publishing documentary materials to the web. Here is my response on behalf of Mark Twain Project Online; I wanted also to post anything at all this year to this blog, so I’ve included the response below.
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