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Jennifer Anne Fraser
Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH 44074-1057)
A Digital Humanities Project: Song in the Sumatran Highlands

Preparation for digital publication of a multi-media resource about the music and culture of saluang, a song tradition from West Sumatra, Indonesia.

Song in the Sumatran Highlands is a digital humanities project that reimagines the ways ethnomusicologists share research and moves us closer to the sensorial worlds of performance. I will build an interactive website that is rich in multimedia, explanatory and interpretive text, annotated song texts, visualizations, and maps in order to model the sonic, visual, and spatial epistemologies of saluang, a West Sumatran vocal genre. It will map, for example, the sonic manifestations of place through tagging song titles, landmarks referenced in song texts, performers, and performances with geospatial metadata. Key to the design of the project is representing ethnomusicological knowledge in formats more accessible to the public, including the later creation of a parallel site in Indonesian. This grant will allow me to construct the structural and technical scaffolding of the site, including creating pages for each song, performer, and place.

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Project fields:

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 7/31/2020