Updated the Nordic Phd Thesis

Just to post something – I have now updated the Nordic PhD thesis page so that all (?) new thesis are included – and I have even spent some time tracking down Finnish music ed thesis, but have probably missed out on a bunch due to language problems…

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Two new journals added

Two new journals in the arts education category has been added. Both are of Nordic origin, but with an international scope. The first, the European Journal of Philosophy in Arts Education,  is a journal focusing on the theoretical discussions in the intersection between the arts and education. The second, the Journal for Research in Arts and Sports Education, seem to focus the learning outside school in after school activities.

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Updates on the Black metal studies

The last 7 months have been filled with an increasingly interesting topic of research:Black metal education. Thomas von Wachenfeldt and myself have been interviewing young black metal musicians about how they have learnt to play, how they consider their musicianship, what Black metal is to them and so forth. This has so far resulted in two publications. The first was a presentation at the Nordic Network Conference for Music Education in Finland in April 2015. From this came an invitation to write in the forthcoming book on Music Education and Religion. This chapter has been submitted and accepted and should be printed spring 2016 I think.

Now we are working on making a traditional article also. These are fun/evil times!

 

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New Journal added: Bulletin of empirical music education research

The links section is updated – this time with a German/English journal http://www.b-em.info/index.php?journal=ojs&page=index

 

 

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New journal added: TOPICS

The MayDay group has launched a new journal more directed towards praxis than the more philosophical MayDay journal.  Check it out here

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Updated links to music educational journals

I once was very active with http://musped.org. It is now DEAD but I moved and updated the links to journals section – and it is now here. Please let me know of the ones I’ve missed!

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Making Transana work on Ubuntu

Transana is a fantastic open source software for transcribing and categorizing qualitative empirical material such as interviews and video. And it actually works fairly well on Linux. Here I will describe how to make it work in Ubuntu good enough for my research needs – even if there are some quirks. At the moment (March 2014) it seems that it is impossible to make the current revision work so we need to check out an earlier version of the code. But you could always test to just:

  • Download the “Gnu Tarball” from here and unzip it somewhere where you want the program to reside (I have it as a folder called Transana in my home folder) Does not work currently – see the instruction about checking out an older version further down.
  • But probably you need to use a previous version, and to do that you need the program CVS installed. So we start off by installing:
  • Install, python, mysql-server, python-mysqldb, python-paramiko, python-numpy, cvs:

sudo apt-get install mysql-server python-mysqldb python-paramiko python-numpy wine cvs python-wxgtk2.8

    • During the installation you are asked to provide a root password for the mysql root account. Choose whatever you please – and remember it…
    • We then add your current user as a Mysql user – in my case the user is “ketil” so I do this to log into mysql(replace with your own password):

mysql --user=root --password=YOUR-SECRET-ROOT-PASSWORD mysql
Then to add yourself as mysql user write (replace with your own password)

mysql> CREATE USER 'ketil'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'some_pass';
mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON mydb.* TO 'myuser'@'%' WITH GRANT OPTION;
    • Then we check out a previous version of Transana (from november 2012):

cvs -d:pserver:anonymous@transana.cvs.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/transana co -D "11/16/2012" transana

  • Download Transanas demo from here and install it with wine (usually just double-click from the download folder or open it from the browser) – during the installation choose the languages you need.
  • From the demo installation folder (usually /home/YOUR_USER/.wine/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Transana Demon) copy the folder called “locale” into the folder where you unzipped your Gnu Tarball.
  • Before you start
  • Now you should be ready to start Transana. This has to be done in two steps (we can automate this later).
    • First start the Message server by opening a terminal and enter the MessageServer directory/folder in the src directory/folder within the checkout folder (in my case I would open a terminal and write: “cd /home/ketil/transana/transana/src/MessageServer” and enter) and once there write python MessageServer.py
    • Open a new terminal and enter the src folder/directory (cd /home/ketil/transana/transana/src) and write python Transana.py
    • Now it should start…
    • In the opening window I use the user created above (ketil) and the password I entered. Under host write localhost
    • Under the tab Message Server also write localhost
    • It is kind of stupid to have to manually start MessageServer and Transana each time so I made this really simple start-up-script which I saved as Transana.sh and made an icon for and put in my menu:

#/bin/bash
python /home/ketil/transana/transan/src/MessageServer/MessageServer.py &
sleep=1s
python /home/ketil/transana/transana/src/Transana.py

In order for it to start you need to change its permissions so open Nautilus or whatever file browser you use and right click Transana.sh and change its permission by ticking “make it executable” or something like that.

  • There is one thing that does not work in Transana, and that is the waveform extraction. In order to make that work transform the audiofile you want to transcribe to 8 bit mono wav in Sound Convertor (sudo apt-get install soundconverter) and move this file into /home/ketil/Transana2/waveforms
  • It is important to take backups of the database since that is now not a part of the user login (since this is a multi user version of Transan) so within Transana always end your session with choosing “tools” from the menu, and “export database” and save it somewhere safe. I actually have both Transana folders (/home/ketil/transana/transana/src and the automatically generated /home/ketil/Transana2) now moved to my Dropbox folder. I have symlinked the Transana2 folder by first moving it to the dropbox folder and then right clicking it and choose “make link” and thereafter moving the link to /home/ketil

Good luck! I only use Transana for audio transcription and categorisation so I can not vouch for the video usage, but I have seen it work.

 

 

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Whoa!?

Whoa.nu has been the most influential and biggest community for hip-hop in Sweden or almost 15 years and now it’s closing down. I’ve downloaded the complete website – forums and all – and am in contact with the people behind the site. This will be an interesting project about sharing and learning through social interaction on the internet!

Stay tuned!

 

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Finally submited Internet as Teacher

Finally Olle and me have submitted Internet as Teacher to the Journal of Music, Technology and Education Now we cross our fingers!

 

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Status update…

The last year has been too full of non-research matters such as changing department, faculty, getting employment as Assistant professor at SMI

moving pianos, furniture, homes and family… Nonetheless I have manaed to publish a few bits and pieces. An article about open sourced software and cloud based software as possible approaches for music education, was a part of a special issue of the Journal of Music,  Technology and Education which I edited together with Steven Dillon (R.I.P), Lauri Väkevä and Alex Ruthman.

I have also published a chapter in a book about Studio thinking in After School Activities (Leisure pedagogy)

In April I presented the first results from the project “Some Teachers you carry with you” in the RIME conference in Exceter that is being developed into an article.

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