[Mendele] Mendele Personal Notices and Announcements --Brandt Online Yiddish Audio Library

Victor Bers victor.bers at yale.edu
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Mendele Personal Notices and Announcements

July 20, 2012

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From: jordankutz at aol.com
Date: July 18, 2012
Subject: Brandt Online Yiddish Audio Library

The first batch of recordings from the Jewish Public Library of
Montreal that have been digitized by the Yiddish Book Center as part
of the Frances Brandt Online Yiddish Audio Library can now be listened
to on Archive.org at this link
http://archive.org/details/nationalyiddishbookcenteraudio .

Each track in Yiddish has two copies: one with English metadata and
one with Yiddish metadata.  The recordings can be downloaded by right
clicking on the MP3 recordings on the left hand side under each
individual entry under "streaming".  The recordings consist of
lectures by and interviews with writers and poets who visited the
Jewish Public Library of Montreal between 1953 and 2005.  These are
roughly the first 60 out of around 1,100 recordings that will be
uploaded in the next two years.  Among the writers represented in the
recordings that have been uploaded so far are: Aaron Glanz-Leyeless,
Aaron Zeitlin, Abraham Sutzkever, Allen Ginsberg, Chava Rosenfarb,
Chaim Grade, H. Leivick, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Itzik Manger, Jacob
Glatstein, Kadia Molodowsky, Melech Ravitch, Rachel Korn, Rajzel
Zychlinsky, Saul Bellow, Shmerke Kaczergsinki, Yosef Kerler, Dora
Wasserman, and Leonard Cohen.  I have aimed to the best of my ability
to note the names of not just the main speakers but every speaker
listed in the library records, including speakers who gave short
introductions.  I have done so under the "keywords" which can be
viewed here:


The full list of programs that have been uploaded so far can be accessed here:


Listening to the recordings you will note that many stop in the middle
of a program and sometimes in the middle of a sentence.  When this
happens the recording will continue with a second recording listed
with the same title ending with "part 2".  The recordings were made
with reel to reel tapes that switched sides during the recording
process after a certain amount of time.  Because they switched sides a
portion of the programs were not recorded, usually between 5 and 7
seconds but sometimes as many as 30 seconds have been lost. The
digitized tracks correspond exactly with the material on one side of
the reel to reel tapes.

You can read more about the Frances Brandt Online Yiddish Audio Library here:

and here http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org /blog/12/01/montreal-trip

Any comments, feedback, or inquiries regarding this project can be
directed to jkutzik at bikher.org

Jordan Kutzik

 Any comments, feedback, or inquiries regarding this project can be
directed to jkutzik at bikher.org

Jordan Kutzik


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