JACOB H. CARRUTHERS CENTER FOR INNER CITY STUDIES
The Great Black Music Project's mission is to provide interactive cross-educational programs among community members, civic organizations, learning institutions, and businesses.
The center has created a digital space using the audio-visual technology that functions as the central hub and preserver of the rich cultural legacy of great black artists, who use music as an essential genre in the developmentof their art. The focus expands to include in the archive not only musicians, but arrangers, writers, dancers, filmakers and visual artists, as well.
The GBMP archival collection contains tapes of live performances and interviews; 100's of posters/memorabilia from events held throughout the world; concert programs, master tapes needing to be edited and transferred with digital audio transfer technology; cassette tapes for transfer to digital formats; DAT tapes for transfer to CD formats; photos for cataloging; recent films edited and transferred to digital formats.
The information in the on-site repository is separated into item-level and collective level records. This includes searching for know items as well as searching on specific artist, performnce, album/CD, and videos. Information on the format of the materials in the archive is preserved in the following manner:
Artist —This is the name of the artist
Recordings and CD Titles — This is the name of the audio recordings by the artist. Additional individual tracks/or songs as found in the audio files will be placed under this heading.
Type — This refers to whether the artist is an individual, instrumental, or group performance
Biographical Information — Information on the artist such as birth date, musical history and any other pertinent information
Album — The title of the album that the artist recorded
Record label—The company that produced and distributed the artist's album/CD
Release date —the date the album/CD and songs were released, if know in the form of mm/dd/yy
Producer —This person who supervises or finances the production
Length —refers to the measurement of the song in minutes and seconds
Birate — The amount of audio stored for each second of audio in bits per second
Sampling rate — the frequency with which the signal is stored in kHz (usually 44.1kHz)
Size — the capacity of the file stored in megabytes
Location — the location of the file stored and the computer hyperlink
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