The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a Chairman’s Grant to ACE so that nine datasets produced by Alan Lomax’s performance style and culture research could be extracted from obsolete drives and migrated into modern database formats. The datasets comprise coded analyses of recorded examples of music, dance, work movement and speech, as well as coded ethnographic data. They contain the basic data for several interrelated studies of performance style, including Choreometrics, Parlametrics, Phonotactics, and studies of voice qualities, folk song texts, instruments and orchestration, minutage, and American popular song, as well as sub-studies linking song and cultural variables.
The new datasets will be linked with all relevant metadata and recorded or filmed examples, as well as with a large dataset of song style, Cantometrics, which ACE extracted and normalized in 2006, with the aid of grants from the Rock Foundation and the Concordia Foundation. This material was endangered by its aging format and lack of air conditioning in ACE’s offices. The next step will be to normalize, label, and check the datasets, add metadata, and link them to the media examples upon which they are based.
Originally posted: August 1, 2007