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  1. TV Tropes Streaming

    Link
    http://tvtropes.org/
    Category
    Arts and Humanities
    Subject
    Advertising, Film Studies, Literature, Media Studies, Music, Radio Studies
    Type of resource
    Databases, Information Sources, Lists

    This entertaining and informative site attempts to categorise, index and contextualise tropes - storytelling devices or conventions - as they appear in television programmes, films, games, music, literature, and other media. There are four main indexes: Genre Tropes, Media Tropes, Narrative Tropes and Topical Tropes. Each of these main headings is further subdivided so that under the Narrative Trope heading, for example, one can explore Characters, Conflict, Motifs Settings etc., down to a microscopic level of detail. The site began in 2004, primarily focusing on the television series ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’. Since then it has vastly expanded its scope to cover most types of media. Users can explore by series or trope. Each series entry features a list of tropes associated with that series, whereas users exploring by trope (British Teeth, for example) will find a list of that trope’s appearance in television, film, literature etc. Although the approach is often humorous the site represents an invaluable resource for anyone interested in exploring or analysing the building blocks of storytelling and narrative construction, in any medium, but particularly television.

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  2. Northeast Historic Film Streaming

    Link
    http://oldfilm.org/
    Category
    Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Archives/Museums, Streaming/Download

    The website of a moving images archive located in Maine, USA, with the mission of collecting and preserving the film and video record of northern New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts). The site’s online database features descriptions of film and video from the archive’s many collections, including local television news, amateur film, industrial films and many other genres.

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  3. News for TV Majors Streaming

    Link
    http://www.newsfortvmajors.com/
    Category
    Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences
    Subject
    Media Studies
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Update, Web Links

    This site is maintained by Christine Becker, who teaches film and television studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. The purpose of the site is to keep students of television informed of the latest developments in television, covering news, reviews, politics etc. The focus is on America but Becker also covers the British media, as well as providing information about the media companies who control much of what we see on our television, computer and mobile phone screens: the American networks, but also Facebook, YouTube, Netflix et al.. A useful source of information.

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  4. Digitalised Archive of Handheld Electronic Games Streaming

    Link
    http://pica-pic.com/#
    Category
    Arts and Humanities, Science and Technology
    Subject
    Technology
    Type of resource
    Streaming/Download

    This site uses Adobe Flash to recreate over twenty handheld LCD video games, which are fully playable and include classics of the genre like Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong Jr. and Zelda, as well as more obscure examples like Casio’s Castle Adventure and Russian company Electronika’s Merry Cook.

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  5. Goldsmith’s Podcasts Streaming

    Link
    http://www.gold.ac.uk/podcasts/app/front/allpodcasts
    Category
    Arts and Humanities, Science and Technology, Social Sciences
    Subject
    Art, Drama, Literature, Media Studies, Music, Photography, Psychology, Social Studies, Women’s Studies
    Medium
    Radio/Sound
    Type of resource
    Podcasting, Streaming/Download

    Goldsmiths produce a wide-range of interesting podcasts, covering a broad range of subject areas. The podcasts are grouped by series and include lectures, talks and discussions on feminism, sociology, creative writing, cultural studies, philosphy, psychology, dance etc.

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  6. Siobhan Davies Replay Streaming

    Link
    http://www.siobhandaviesreplay.com
    Category
    Arts and Humanities
    Subject
    Dance, Music
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Archives/Museums, Streaming/Download, Video Sources

    This freely available resource presents the materials and documentation associated with Siobhan Davies’ choreographies as a single online collection. Of particular interest are digitised videos of the filmed records of choreographies in rehearsal and in the studio. The search function allows the user to filter by media, (still, moving image, audio etc.), dance work, dance artist, musician and designer. The resource is the result of a collaboration between Coventry University and Siobhan Davies Dance which was funded by the AHRC. All the moving image content is streamed in flash video format

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  7. Thinking With Things Streaming

    Link
    http://www.ashmolean.org/podcasts/
    Category
    Arts and Humanities, Bio-Medical, Science and Technology, Social Sciences
    Subject
    Archaeology, Astronomy, German Studies, History, Languages, Literature
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Podcasting, Streaming/Download

    Series of curated podcasts in which an academic from Oxford University chooses an object from the Ashmolean Museum and speaks about it in the context of their own research and interests. Historians, scientists, mathematicians and linguists take their turn, amongst them Diarmaid MacCulloch speaking about the Reformation in the context of a medal from the reign of Henry VIII and Marcus Du Sautoy on the mathematical implications of carved neolithic stones.

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  8. Daphne Oram Streaming

    Link
    http://daphneoram.org/
    Category
    Arts and Humanities, Science and Technology
    Subject
    Music, Technology
    Medium
    Radio/Sound
    Type of resource
    Archives/Museums, Streaming/Download

    Site dedicated to electronic musician and composer Daphne Oram. Oram, who co-founded the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop, devoted her career, after she left the BBC in 1959, to the development of her own Oramics system, a pioneering form of sound sythesis based on the use of 35 mm film strips which are drawn or written on by the musician and generate sounds when passed over photo-electric cells. This site features biographical details along with information about how to access the Daphne Oram collection which is held in Goldsmith’s University’s special collections and includes papers relating to Oram’s work at the BBC, personal documents, papers relating to the Oramics system, photographs, musical scores, computer code and sound recordings. A small but fascinating selection of sound clips features Oram introducing some of her own pieces including the soundtrack to the Geoffrey Jones film ‘Snow’ which was made for British Transport Films in 1963.

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  9. Critical Commons Streaming

    Link
    http://www.criticalcommons.org
    Category
    Arts and Humanities
    Subject
    Film Studies, Media Studies

    This American film studies resource describes itself as a ‘public media archive and fair use advocacy network that supports the transformative reuse of media in scholarly and creative contexts’. Critical Commons encourages users to upload footage but differs from sites such as YouTube in that it accepts only content which is accompanied by a commentary or brief essay which places the media in a critical context in order to give it an educational value. The site makes use of ‘fair use: a concept in American law which allows the use of copyrighted material without having to notify or contact the rights holder, so long as the use is for limited and ‘transformative’ purposes. Useful for teachers and students in film and media studies.

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  10. Open University Digital Archive Streaming

    Link
    http://www.open.ac.uk/library/digital-archive/
    Category
    Arts and Humanities, Science and Technology, Social Sciences
    Subject
    Drama, Education, General Science, Politics and Government, Social Studies, Technology
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Organisations, Producers/Broadcasters, Streaming/Download

    This site provides online access to a selection of the Open University’s materials - images and text-based items as well as audio and videos - as well as functioning as a record and an archive of the OU’s collections. Publicly available collections currently include over 160 images from the Historical Archives Collection, over 100 videos of OU events, such as degree ceremonies and other programmes about the OU, dating back to 1971. OU’s programmes are represented by a series of clips from courses which include science, technology and the arts. A number of online exhibitions have also been created to contextualise some of the material. These include: ‘Shakespeare at the OU’, ‘Harold Wilson and the OU’ and ‘The OU Story’.

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