Purdue Convocations invites local musicians to apply for Lomax Project Community Field Recording open house

January 28, 2015  


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Convocations invites local musicians to submit applications to be part of Jayme Stone and The Lomax Project Community Field Recording Session from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 28 at Carnahan Hall.

Alan Lomax traveled throughout the United States, the Caribbean and beyond, capturing a diverse musical portrait of life. He recorded songs, stories and remembrances of people for over 60 years. This year, banjoist Jayme Stone and his band will celebrate this legacy with The Lomax Project at 8 p.m. on March 28 at Lafayette Theater.

Inspired by the spirit of Lomax's field recordings and to capture part of our own local heritage, Purdue Convocations has created a Field Recording Open House - a recording session to capture and record songs and stories from our own community.

Do you have a folk song, original song, or story about our community to contribute to our fieldwork? Using a simple, single condenser microphone and the ambience of live room, you and/or your group can have your song captured in our safe and supportive recording environment. Purdue Convocations will record the audio as well as capture it on video, and then make it available on our website and YouTube channel. Jayme Stone and the members of his band will be available for coaching, mentoring and musical support.

Jayme Stone's Lomax Project Recording Session

Purdue Convocations is looking for contributions that are seven (7) minutes or less in length and can be captured with simple microphone set-up. Historic field recordings were done in one or two takes. There was no multitracking or special effects. The same ethos applies here, as your contribution must be able to be recorded with the existing set-up. We'll have one instrument on hand - a digital piano - to accommodate keyboard players. Everyone else has the pleasure of bringing their favorite ax. Acoustic instruments will be suited for this environment. We will capture eight contributions from those submitted for consideration.

How to apply

Submit an audio and/or video recording of your contribution by 5 p.m. Feb. 16. A panel of local people will choose eight works and two alternates to record between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on March 28.

Apply directly online: www.convocations.org/lomax-project-community-field-recording/

Call Purdue Convocations at 765-494-9712 if you are having difficulty submitting the application or need any other assistance.

For more information, visit Fieldwork: Jayme Stone with The Lomax Project Residency

Important fine print: Artistic material must be an original composition, in the public domain, or material for which you can show you have acquired the performance and recording rights. The ownership of all performed works is retained by the artist and/or creator, but all rights to the performances captured in these recording will belong to Purdue University. 

Source: Abby Eddy, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, 765-494-9712, aeeddy@purdue.edu 

Note to Journalists: A publication-quality photograph is available at https://www.purdue.edu/convocations/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/67ced1376a7c1bdd8cbf01c9_628x625.jpg 

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