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First of all, we wish you all a happy, healthy and successful 2019!
2018 was an eventful year. We traveled a lot, redesigned the room where all the sources (records, cd's, etc.) are stored. So we had not much time for maintenance of the site. We also tried to make time to keep digitization of the records going.
We made a new menu item "Colophon" in which we stored the information that was shown in the footer, combined with items about copyright disclaimer and privacy statement. The footer is removed from the site. A second item we changed is the presentation of the content of the collection. Producing 20 pdf's with that information took a lot of time. We combined that information in one pdf. That pdf was already there (the last one), but it has now a structure. and can be downloaded. The structure is the same as in our database program and the pdf can be generated unattended. A second pdf is still there with new albums since the last update of the site. You will find more information and the pdf's under the menu option "Collection".
The problems with Edge and Firefox has been solved in recent versions and we have removed the comment under the menu item "Technical Stuff".
On the 11th of April we were back in Skopje for the opening of an exhibition about 50 years research of Elsie Ivancich Dunin about the celebration of "Ederlezi" ("Gjurgjovden") by the Roma population of Skopje. This event was accompanied by the premiere of a documentary film about her work and a one day conference "Gjurgjovden/Ederlezi and traditional culture of the Roma in Macedonia and the Balkan". The conference was organized by the "Marko Cepenko" Folkore Institute of the University of Skopje. Both activities were supported by the "Romano Ilo" foundation in Skopje.
During our stay in Skopje we donated 30 records with Macedonian traditional music to the National Library of Macedonia.
After these events we went to Sinj in Croatia to participate in the Sixth Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Dance in Southeastern Europe (April, 15 - 21). We gave a presentation about "Migrating Melodies". Unfortunately our presentation was to long for the twenty minutes that were reserved for each presentation. Under "Stories" you will find the complete presentation. The symposium ended with a fantastic party in the village Gljev (near Sinj) with dancing, singing and delicious food, organized by the local villagers.
In the beginning March we were in Skopje and donated Tanec (the Macedonian National Dance Theater) a complete set of Tanec records for their archive in presence of the Minister of Culture Mr. Robert Alagjozovski, the Dutch Ambassador in Macedonia Mr. Wouter Plomp, the director of Tanec Mr. Stojanče Pavlovski and a lot of other friends and guests. The event was organized by the Dutch Embassy and hosted by Tanec. The event started with an old historical song by the men's choir and ended with a lovely song by the women's choir of Tanec. A short speech was held by the minister, the ambassador and the director. Peter gave a short presentation about early recordings of Macedonian music. You can find it here. Part of the event was also a small exhibition of photographs taken by three young Dutch photographers (Fred Volpp, Marja and Carlus Koopman), who spent their holidays from 1973 to 1975 at the Ohrid Lake.
Added a lot of photographs which we made during our visit to Northern Greece (Drama Region) in January of this year. In the update of February Annemiek wrote already a story about this trip and gave background information. You can find the story here and the photographs here.
The sad news is that Zóltan Kallós died last week, 92 years old. He was a Hungarian, born in Romania and did a lot of research in Romania of the music and customs of the Hungarian minority in Romania. This was not always that easy, specifically in the Ceauşescu era. A lot of his work was published in Hungary. He had a great contribution to the Táncház (Dance House) movement and advised a lot of people, bands. The crown on his work was the publication of 20 cd's from his Kallós Archive some years ago.
On our link page there is already a link to the site of Tom Deering: Folklore Discography. Larry Weiner, who has a great collection has published in cooperation with Tom Deering on that site a survey of his records of the Sperry label. This are 78 RPM shellac records produced in the first half of the fifties, in cooperation with Radio Skopje. But, most important, the labels of the records are also shown and ...... you can listen to the music! A real "must hear", bravo!. To go to the Sperry records click here. They give an excellent survey how the music was played in that time.
We made a trip to Northern Greece (environment of Drama) to participate in the festivities and customs around New Year and Epiphany. Annemiek wrote a story about the trip and the local customs with a lot of footage from Youtube. You can find the story here.
From our collection of nice souvenirs.
A good health, success and a lot of music in 2018!
For a (too) long time we were not able to work on the site. As we wrote in July the collection was composed as follows:
First we thought that we could solve this by writing a second program to identify the doubles. After some thoughts we deceided: no half measures! Rebuild and resctructure the already existing program and enter all the albums in it. But this needed a lot of time. The base functionality is ready and we can publish the basic information about the whole collection in PDF format under "Collection". Now we can again focus on further digitizing, improve the documentation and adding new features to the database program.
For pleasant reasons we were not able to do an update of our site for four months. First of all we were on a trip to the Balkan. The second reason was a big number of records that “entered” our home. People did away their records for different reasons: stopping with folk dancing, cleaning up their attics, etc. In total we got around 350 – 400 records. Of course most of them we had already, but there was also a considerable part that we were still missing (especially Romanian and Russian). We also bought a lot of records and cd's recently. We had to take action to keep it manageable. You can read more and find new, extended, PDF's on the "Collection" page.
We also did away with the modal pop up windows for the PDF's and the audio. These gave to much problems (speed). Made some changes on the layout of the pages and some minor changes in the texts.
Annemiek wrote a story how she got "caught" in collectioning, you will find it under "About Us". Added a story about the Koprivstica Festival with audio. In a next update we will also add some pictures from the festival. We have split the choices for Bulgaria under Audio in two different ones: "Bulgarian Traditional Town Music" and "Bulgarian Rural Music from Festivals and Fieldwork".
For the Koprivstica audio recordings we implemented a new (hopefully) better audio player. We also replaced the picture slider with a better one.
Added new audio under Albania and Kosovo, Bosna i Hercegovina, Croatia. We are doing research for an even better audio player and slider for the pictures.
Woodcarving of a group of musicians (Museum für Volkskunde, Vienna).
We wish you all a very healthy, successful and musically 2017!
Added new audio under Albania / Kosovo, Croatia, Former Yugoslavia, Serbia, Macedonia and Greece. Removed the "trial" audio files for that countries.
Added more music (and also removed some, these were only included to prove that it would work). The new tracks have a better quality (for the technicians: 256 Kbps in stead of 128 Kbps). The other tracks will be updated later. Also added a new Albanian video.
In the collection are a lot of sources (Cd's, records) dedicated to more countries/regions. E.g. Balkan, (Former) Yugoslavia. We decided to file the audio examles under a specific heading if half of the tracks or more is dedicated to that region or country. For this reason we have added a new heading under "Audio": Former Yugoslavia.
We found on the internet a rather good audio/video player and programmed a pop-up window around it. If you click on a picture on the audio pages, the pop-up window will open and you can play the tracks of that record. This is a better solution than all the dedicated one track players. If you have not stopped playing when you leave the pop-up window, with the close "X" on the right upper side, playing will continue. You have to go back to stop it by clicking the pause button "||". If you start another track, the already playing track will stop. Playing will also stop if you leave the page. This was not the situation with all these single players. You could have ended with x tracks playing at the same time. HTML5 has not a stop playing method. We are looking for a solution to stop playing if the pop-up window is closed. Have to do some programming. Hopefully this will be ready in the next update. The video player is direct visable on the video page. This new player makes adding audio and/or video easier for us.
For now the new pop-up player is implemented for: Bulgaria, Former Yugoslavia, Hungary, Macedonia and Romania.
The development of this site is a process of learning by doing. We have to change sometimes the structure based on our own findings and comments we got. As a result we have changed a couple of things for this update:
By changing the menu from top to side bar the menu choices are always visible. A "Back" button is not any longer needed. From every page on the site you can directly skip to another page. So you can easily change between main and sub pages.
This website does (now) not focus on mobile devices, but at least the menu items are visible. This move also create what more height of the pages. The "Technical Stuff" page is a must read if you encounter problems; perhaps it helps!
Under stories we have added our impressions of the 35th Dance House Festival in Budapest with pictures. Under "Audio" we have added the tracks of two records of two earlier festivals (1985 and 1986).
"MEDIA/AUDIO/Macedonia" Has been a little bit restyled and we added the other recordings of the Promenos concert and the B side of the 78 RPM Jugoton record.
Added a new menu option under "Media": "Video". with two video files. "Experimental", to test how (fast) it works over the internet.
We found out that Internet Explorer does not show the PDF's online, local it did work. More under "HOME/BROWSER COMPATIBILITY". If you have problems with the resolution on an Apple look also in "HOME/BROWSER COMPATIBILITY".
Huh? Version 2? But the site is only on line for two months. We will explain why.
The idea of a web site about the collection was already some time in our mind. When we decided to become a member of the ICTM and to participate in a symposium of the Study Group of South Eastern Music and Dance, it became clear that a business card would be handy. But if you order a number of cards, the future web address should be printed on it. So we looked for someone who could help us setting up a site and we arranged a domain name. When we came back from our trip in the middle of the month of May, the chosen developer started and the site was finished at the beginning of July. The site was build in Wordpress. Why Wordpress? Everybody uses Wordpress, if you believe the information on the internet.
During a trip to Ohrid, in the second half of July, Annemiek was walking with friends a part of the Via Egnatia and I had for the first time some time to look in the internals of our site. I was really shocked by the way Wordpress handles a site. A lot of redundant code, plug ins, etc. This is not a disqualification of the developer, but it is simply inherent on using such a “Jack of all trades” software package. All this redundant code and plug ins also pose a risk; the possibility of a hack of your site is greater (especially the plug ins are a risk) and you have to update Wordpress and the plug ins constantly. This must be able to better. I did some research in the first week of August and rebuilding the site in plain HTML5, CSS and a little bit of Java Script would be possible. And now it is ready! Of course there are still some small problems, but we are working on it.
What are the pro's:
What has been changed:
And yes, we have added audio. For each Balkan country we have choosen three audio examples and we will extend that number in the future. As well examples of other regions. Of course only older recordings have been choosen (copyright constraints), but these are often more interesting then newer ones. The recordings have been choosen at random. If you have any suggestions, let us know.
The site of "The Endendijk Collection" (www.tradmusictrails.com) is on line!