RAIN 1/31: Massive collection of folk, traditional music streaming soon

Michael Schmitt
January 31, 2012 - 8:00am

Photographs by Alan LomaxA massive collection of traditional and folk music will soon be available for free online. The New York Times reports that the "vast archive" of folklorist and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax will be available online for free streaming by the end of February.

His total collection includes 5,000 hours of sound recordings, 400,000 feet of film, 3,000 videotapes and 5,000 photographs -- all gathered during decades of fieldwork. The streaming collection soon available will include 17,000 tracks. Later some of that music may be available for sale on CD or as a digital download.

Lomax began collecting folk and traditional music in the South during the mid-1930s. He was the first to record Muddy Waters and Woody Guthrie and did much to raise awareness of traditional music. Lomax dreamed of a "global jukebox" that would someday house his collection.

The New York Times has much more on Lomax here.

Michael Schmitt
January 31, 2012 - 8:00am

Envision Radio Networks' new High School SportsSiteEnvision Radio Networks has launched a web service called High School SportsSite, which provides local high school sports stats to affiliate stations. The site automatically collects high school sports scores used ScoreFeeder.

The goal is reportedly to help Envision affiliates "own high school sports in their market and drive new revenue streams from clients that want to support their community." You can find the site demo here.

Hat tip to Tom Taylor and Radio-Info for reporting the story. You can find more coverage in today's Taylor on Radio-Info newsletter here.

Michael Schmitt
January 31, 2012 - 8:00am

Angry BirdsEvolver.fm's Eliot Van Buskirk reports that Rovio, the creator of the mobile app sensation Angry Birds, is building "some sort of music app."

That's according to Rovio CEO Mikael Hed. Van Buskirk reports that "Hed didn’t offer much in the way of detail," but did hint that it may be some sort of interactive music app that lets users manipulate music as it plays.

Concludes Van Buskirk: "we can’t wait to see Rovio’s take on music apps and we wouldn’t be surprised if it came out before the end of the year."

Read more at Evolver.fm here.

Michael Schmitt
January 31, 2012 - 8:00am

Live365Internet radio network Live365 has announced the release of IndiePro, a service designed to help independent musicians promote their music. The package includes a 24/7 streaming station a player artists can share across different websites.

Plus, Live365 says artists can add their music to the company's music library. That allows other Live365 broadcasters to play the artist's music on their stations.

You can find out more about IndiePro from Live365's press release here.