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Tuesday, November 17 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
Hip Hop and Human-Computer Interaction with Citizen DJ

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Citizen DJ is an experimental web browser application for creating hip hop music with Library of Congress free–to-use sound and moving image collections. By embedding these historic materials in hip hop music, users are encouraged to generatively and critically engage with A/V archives. Brian Foo, data artist, former b-boy, and a 2020 Library of Congress Innovator in Residence will discuss the philosophy and development of Citizen DJ. The open source tool uses machine learning to automatically generate sonically diverse samples from hundreds of hours of material. Jaime Mears, a Senior Innovation Specialist at LC Labs, will discuss the slow work of collection identification and rights clearance for explicit commercial use, as well as some of the broader implications for LC Labs machine learning experiments. The session will also include a brief tutorial and beat-making session with attendees.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Leigh

Andrea Leigh

Library of Congress
Andrea Leigh is Moving Image Processing Unit Head at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation. Previously, she was a cataloger at the UCLA Film & Television Archive from 2000-2008, and held positions at the UCLA Library, Cal State University, Northridge... Read More →
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Brian Foo

American Museum of Natural History
Brian Foo is an artist and computer scientist working in libraries and museums with a focus on the visualization of large collections of information and media for the public. He is currently a data artist at the American Museum of Natural History where he designs interactive exhibits... Read More →
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Jaime Mears

Library of Congress
Jaime Mears is a Senior Innovation Specialist at LC Labs within the Digital Strategy Directorate at the Library of Congress. She is the lead of the Innovator in Residence Program, an annual position that sponsors the creative use of Library digital collections through emerging practices... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2020 11:15am - 12:15pm PST
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