Just in case you have yet to find your way to the eStream links on Moodle, we thought you might like to know a bit more about what eStream is and to have a bit of an introduction to some of its more obscure corners.
Many of you will already have uploaded video content for assignments, class teaching and so on. However, you may still be unaware that eStream is also where we keep the recordings we take off-air under the terms of our educational recording licence. This allows us to build up a permanent collection of useful programmes broadcast by the BBC and Channel 4. Programmes are scheduled for recording onto eStream by staff at the Laban and Jerwood libraries. In the case of the Jerwood Library selections, which is what this post is mainly about, the programmes selection is largely made by library staff with welcome suggestions received from Faculty staff, and, hopefully in the future, an increasing number of students.
What programmes do we choose? The criteria are broad, including documentaries about aspects of music and music makers, performances – especially première performances – programmes featuring Trinity Laban staff and students, and performances of unusual repertoire. There is a mixture of radio (audio only) and TV (video) recordings and the archive is growing continually.
If you know of an upcoming BBC or Channel 4 programme you think we should record, for instance, it features you and/or other Trinity Laban folks, or you would find it especially relevant to your studies, let us know. Similarly, if you have just seen or heard an interesting programme – and this often happens with the ‘magazine’ type programme (e.g. Radio 3’s In-tune) where the content is not listed in detail in the scheduler but you heard a useful snippet you think others would be interested in – let us know. Bear in mind that we have a window of about a week (like iPlayer) in which we can capture past content.
How do you search for eStream off-air recordings?
Lurking at the bottom of the library links tab on Moodle, there are the on-site and off-site links to eStream. Make sure you choose the appropriate one for where you are!
You can type keywords into the search box on the eStream homepage and then filter your search by various things, including, under the ‘category’ tab, by TV / Radio broadcasts. Your keywords match words in headings and descriptions.
Another way of finding the recordings scheduled by Jerwood staff is via the Jerwood Library catalogue. We catalogue the programmes, adding our usual subject terms and providing links through to eStream. These work in much the same way as the links to our ebooks and online journals. This means that when you are using the Jerwood catalogue for your music searches, relevant links to eStream broadcasts will also appear among your results. Easy!
So now for the fun bit – this is the moment for non-Trinity Laban staff and students to look away. Come back when we post our next blog entry!
Here are ten eStream off-air recordings to give you a concrete idea of what the collection contains. Clicking on the links below will generally take you to the eStream login page where Trinity Laban staff and students can enter their usual login details to listen to or watch the programme. (Please note, under the terms of the ERA licence these programmes are only available to Trinity Laban folks currently in the UK – apologies to anyone else reading this blog!)
- First up Guitar heroes at the BBC, a compilation of performances featuring guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix, Peter Townshend […] broadcast on BBC FOUR on 16/11/14.
- Next: Silk stockings, a Cole Porter-scored remake of Ninotchka in which a beautiful Soviet girl, sent on a mission to the West, falls under the spell of decadent Paris. Broadcast on BBC TWO on 25 October, 2014.
- Then there is an inspirational documentary: New Congo calling: an African orchestra in Britain charting about the extraordinary story of the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste broadcast on BBC FOUR on 16 November 2014.
- Another interesting documentary deals with the role of the long-playing recording in shaping popular music: When albums ruled the world was broadcast on BBC FOUR on 3 December 2014.
- On 16 January 2015 BBC FOUR broadcast a documentary about Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’ (the Jerwood library full catalogue entry details the content).
- The episode of Jazz Line-up broadcast on 7 February 2015 entitled Shakespeare Songs, featured saxophonist Andy Sheppard and pianist Guillaume de Chassey performing music inspired by Shakespeare at the 2014 London Jazz Festival.
- Eighteenth century English soprano, Nancy Storace was the subject of Catherine Bott’s investigation into Mozart’s English soprano, broadcast on Radio 4 on 18 October 2014.
- Do you remember that there was a Jonathan Dove world première at the 2014 BBC Proms but can’t remember the details? Searching the Jerwood catalogue using keywords like <premiere>, <Dove> brings back a list of results including this one for Gaia theory. Find the recording on eStream by clicking on the electronic access link in the Full description tab.
- The regular Radio 3 Live in Concert programme yields gems like the concert by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group at the Wigmore Hall broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 24 February 2015 which included songs commissioned by John Woolrich and a world première of Gerald Barry’s Crossing the bar.
- As a last example, and sadly the recording quality is poor, there is the episode of Radio 3’s In-tune of February 26 2015 which included a world première of Surface/Submerge by current Trinity Laban student composer, Will Handysides. This was commissioned for performance by the Conservatoire’s GMT Ensemble.
We would like feedback on the off-air recordings already in the eStream collection. Please note, we already know there is a problem with some of the Radio 3 recordings having interruptions and squeaks. The signal is problematic and we are working to improve that.
We hope you find the recordings useful, and as mentioned earlier, we welcome suggestions from Music Faculty staff and students for programmes to include. Remember we have a week’s window to schedule future or past programmes. Drop an email to Helen Mason (firstname.lastname@example.org) or speak to staff at the library issue desk.