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Highlights from the Ethnomusicology Archive: the Robert Berkman collection

Robert "Bob" Berkman is one of a handful of performing pianolists in the world today.  Instead of the purely mechanical renditions often associated with the player piano, Berkman’s performances sparkle with life and emotion through his expert manipulation of the pianola’s subtle controls.  In addition to his performance expertise, Berkman worked at one of the last companies that produced piano rolls, and is a we

Highlights from the Ethnomusicology Archive: the Colin McPhee collection

Colin McPhee was a Canadian musicologist and composer (1900-1964).  He served as a faculty member of the UCLA Department of Music, teaching composition and ethnomusicology from 1960 until his death in 1964.

UCLA in the Ethnomusicology Archive

Since June 14th is the Ethnomusicology Graduation Reception, I thought it appropriate to highlight UCLA faculty and student collections in the Archive.  (And to remind everyone to consider donating your field recordings to the Archive!) 

Beck's Edison Bottle: the first playable beer

The world’s first playable beer bottle was created for the Beck’s Record Label project by creative agency Shine Limited.  The Edison Bottle is inscribed with the single "Here She Comes" by New Zealand band

Information Resources for Ethnomusicology

The end of the quarter... the time when the Archive typically gets the most questions and the most users.  Since many of the Ethnomusicology students seem to be working on papers and assignments, I thought I would highlight some of the most-used resources in Ethnomusicology.

Highlights from the Ethnomusicology Archive: the Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje collections

Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje is Professor, past Chair of the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology and past Director of the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive.  As author and editor, her books include: Black Music Research Journal special issue, “Music of Black Los Angeles&rd

Remembrances of Ray Giles, UCLA Ethnomusicology's Instrument Curator / Museum Scientist

We were all saddened to learn of the passing of Ray Giles, UCLA Ethnomusicology's Instrument Curator / Museum Scientist for many years (and a student of Mantle Hood's in the late 1960s and early 1970s).  I well remember Ray and wanted to write a column in his honor.  I invited people to send me their remembrances of Ray and have included those I have received.  If you would like to add your voice to Remembrances of Ray,

Newly released research database: ArchiveGrid

ArchiveGrid is a collection of nearly two million archival material descriptions.  Archival collections held by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies and archives are represented in ArchiveGrid.  ArchiveGrid provides access to detailed archival collection descriptions, making information available about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, audiovi

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