The 18th World Congress of Jewish Studies

Visualizing Recorded Jewish Music in America

“Visualizing Recorded Jewish Music in America” seeks to develop and analyze raw data from holdings of recorded Jewish music in American libraries (Jewish Sound Archives Judaic Collection from Florida Atlantic University, Robert and Molly Freedman Jewish Sound Archive at the University of Pennsylvania and the Mayrent Collection of Yiddish Recordings at the University of Wisonsin-Madision) and the Milken Archive of Jewish Music: The American Experience. This project seeks to deepen and refine existing methodologies to visualize the tens of thousands of recordings and identify genres, styles and content over time.

By aggregating the data of these collections with 250,000 items we seek to profile Jewish Music in America that has been recorded commercially. Our analysis shows the most recorded songs, preferred texts and a timeline of recorded history. This onlging project is part of the UCLA Digital Humanities Center to investigate new ways to visualize and analyze data