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Pomp and circumstance: the baroque opera Il pomo d’oro

Ostentatious festivities with fireworks, theatre, ballet and opera performances, flashy decorations, banquets and the ceremonial entrance of honoured guests–particularly on occasion of important events–were commonly used during the baroque era to display wealth and enhance the prestige of an emperor. Read more


Digitisation and Optical Music Recognition

Digitisation of music text requires high accuracy in the digital representation of small details. Various methodologies have been developed for staff and bar line detection, as well as for optical symbol recognition in music manuscripts. Our Lab in National Technical University of Athens, in collaboration with the Institute for Research on Music and Acoustics (led by Dr Kostas Moschos) developed a study with a set of guidelines for digitization and optical recognition of music (OMR) manuscripts for the Greek National Information Society Programme. Read more



Traveling through recordings of Jean-Philippe Rameau

…in BnF ‘s digitised sound collections

250 years after his death, Jean-Philippe Rameau is widely commemorated in this year 2014. This may be the right moment to do a quick review of Rameau’s recorded works available through BnF’s digitised collection. Illustrating a half century of recorded baroque music (ca 1900-1950), the collection helps us understand the changes that affected how this music was played and recorded in the first half of the 20th century. Read more


“We are living an age which is celebrating and exploring as never before the world of listening” – Meet with David Hendy

Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Sussex in Brighton (United Kingdom), David Hendy is a researcher in the fields of cultural History and Multimedia sound, author of four books, essays and a regular contributor to several academic journals. The British audience got to know him through the 30 episode series on BBC radio 4 that inspired his latest book: Noise: a Human History of sound and listening. Read more


“Noise gives sensual depth to the great struggles of the past” – Meet with David Hendy

Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Sussex in Brighton (United Kingdom), David Hendy is a researcher in the fields of cultural History and Multimedia sound, author of four books, essays and a regular contributor to several academic journals. The British audience got to know him through the 30 episode series on BBC radio 4 that inspired his latest book: Noise: a Human History of sound and listening.

Here is the first part of our interview with David Hendy. Read more


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