Topics in Digital History & Humanities: NC Jukebox


This course brings students from across the disciplines to work on building a digital project--the NC Jukebox.

The NC Jukebox course blends technology, cultural history and music.  Students in NC Jukebox will transform an inaccessible audio archive of historic North Carolina Folk and popular music into a vital, publicly-accessible digital archive and museum exhibition.  Course participants will build a proof-of-concept NC Jukebox from the Frank C. Brown collection of 400 digitized audio tracks in the Rubenstein Library.  They will also use Brown's handwritten field notes and his manuscript letters to research the history of music making in early 20th century North Carolina.  Additionally, students will use vintage audio recordings and field notes to create a digital NC Jukebox, and accompanying print or multimedia material, for use by a mountain music museum in Spruce Pine, North Carolina.

Support for the NC Jukebox course comes from Bass Connections and the Franklin Humanities Institute.

The faculty invite students with interests in music, folklore, cultural history, computer science, information studies, multimedia production, museum exhibition, documentary arts and the North Carolina experience to participate.  The NC Jukebox course welcomes first-year students, non-musicians and digital neophytes as well as students with strong technology and music backgrounds.

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Medicine, Science and Technology


United States and Canada