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Data-Mining the Audio of Oral History: A Workshop in Music Information Retrieval

15th March 2017 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

A TECHNE funded workshop


A workshop for TECHNE & UAL PhD students who are dealing audio material including interviews, oral history and other sound files.

Date: 15 March 2017

Times: 10.30 – 4.30

Place: CRiSAP studio, (Workshop Block), London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 6SB


Free but booking essential (lunch will be provided)

Please contact Beth Bicher, e.bicher@arts.ac.uk to book


This day-long, practice-based workshop led by staff from the Sussex University Digital Humanities Lab will introduce students to cataloguing and structuring audio-based material in a way that opens it up to new ways of collecting and understanding data.

Using source material supplied by the oral history collections from the University of Sussex Archive of Resistance Testimony and CRiSAP archival material as test cases, participants will be led through the use of Music Information Retrieval (MIR) approaches to categorise, sort, and discover an audio collection. They will also be supported in planning the extension of these approaches to explore audio collections that they know or work with. In practical terms, they will leave with a copy of the software ‘toolkit’ on a USB stick.

The workshop will appeal to all students working with oral history and keen to learn from new code specifically developed to manipulate and analyse the big data typically generated. The clarity of the Sussex approach on offer is that it allows pre-existing software to be used in a tailored fashion for each person’s particular research. It provides a neat and cost-effective way of manipulating big data without recourse to other more costly and complicated programs for mapping and analysing audio data.

The workshop assumes no previous programming knowledge. Students will need to bring their own laptops (multiple platforms supported).


Spaces are limited. Vegetarian lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Please contact Beth Bicher, e.bicher@arts.ac.uk to book a place and advise on any dietary requirements.


15th March 2017
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Elephant & Castle
London , SE1 6SB United Kingdom
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