This video is at the very least an example of a multi-media presentation, but I’m going to risk claiming it is the outcome of work in the digital humanities, albeit a simple one and trivial in scope, if for no other reason than to have Digital Humanities headline the contents of my portfolio. The definition of digital humanities is somewhat elusive as the term represents a rapidly evolving field and there exists no shortage of available definitions. For my purposes I shall defer to Wikipedia: “Digital humanities is an area of scholarly activity at the intersection of computing or digital technologies and the disciplines of the humanities.” I've offered further justification below, though in truth I believe digital humanities typically suggests work involving very large data sets used for analyzing various cultural trends and behaviors and ways people consume content and all of that. Still, this work certainly a variety of computational technologies in an effort to provide (and encourage!) access for a wider audience of what is arguably fairly esoteric content.
The video combines audio from a re-mastering of a commercial 78 rpm release with images of a full-score transcription I prepared for my master’s thesis. The transcription is effectively a visual index for the sequence of musical events heard on the recording, and this video allows viewers to follow the score in real time as the music plays. Even without formal training in music it is easy to see how the music is represented with standard notation, and thus this video creates access for a wider audience than is typically afforded by a musical score. Additional content comes in the form of text annotations. I created the video for inclusion in a presentation I gave at the 49th Conference of the Association of Recorded Sound Collections in Pittsburgh (2015). It was my first effort at this sort of thing and ended up being a bit of an information overload, but I think it shows potential. The video was created with Adobe Premiere Pro using SGV images generated in Sibelius 7.5. More information on the transcription and the audio can be found on my thesis page available here.
Graphic Design & Visualization of Information
Examples of Scholarly Writing
Masters thesis exploring how the forces of Tin Pan Alley song writing and publishing, phonograph and radio marketing, and regional tastes in dance music came together, giving birth to the style known today as western swing. The work examines a single 78 record for content and contributors and features a full score transcription (with parts).
Written for a course in text underlay in Renaissance composition, this paper argues Verdelot employed variazone technique in his madrigal setting of Divini occhi serini (Venice, 1533), before variazone was widely employed.
This paper examines three Bartók miniatures to identify ways the composer employed elements of folk music in an effort to establish a national Hungarian style.
This paper examines the origins of the Tin Pan Alley standard Who's Sorry Now? (1923) from its conception through its publication and early recordings.
This paper relates three early instances of the phonograph being used in fieldwork: Jesse Fewkes and Benjamin Gilman, U.S. (1890), Josef Pommer, Austria (1902), and Percy Grainger, U. K. (1906).
This usability report was the final project from my class in Information Architecture, and includes detailed user scenarios and usability testing.
In addition to courserwork in web design and information architecture, in my current position at Old Dominion University I've worked with the Digital Initiatives liaison to improve navigation and functionality on our branch library's web page.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TS8g5lXKR1s solo at 3:45.
http://youtu.be/MfSXA5fYqlE?t=6m25s solo at 6:28.
http://youtu.be/ly5O85J9SCs?t=4m15s solo at 4:17.
http://youtu.be/lFvY54jESjY?t=2m21s solo at 2:21.
Drawing, Painting & Sculpture