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Two Indiana University Professors Nominated For Grammys

IU sound media historian Patrick Feaster has been nominated for a Grammy. He used a computer to recreate sounds from medieval sheet music.

Two Indiana University faculty members are being nominated for Grammys: One is a jazz musician, and the other has created sounds using music transcriptions from the Middle Ages.

Professor Wayne Wallace has been nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album for his album “Latin Jazz/Jazz Latin.”

“I’m excited about it,” says Wallace. “It’s a real honor to be nominated. There’s a validation from your peers and people in general. It’s a nice sense of community too. I’m very appreciative of everything that’s happened with this. “

This is Wallace’s sixth nomination.

Sound media historian Patrick Feaster has been nominated in the best historical album category for his CD and book,” Pictures of Sound: One Thousand Years of Educed Audio: 980 to 1980.”

Feaster took a wide range of written records — from medieval sheet music to Shakespearean scripts — and used a computer program to turn them into audio recordings.

Feaster says his nomination is unlikely anything that has been considered for a Grammy in the historical album category.

“To be eligible in the best historical album category, the source material for the project has to be sound recordings,” says Feaster. “And so simply by accepting that it was eligible in this category, I feel I have made my point.”

The pair will find out if they have won when the Grammys air on Jan. 26, 2014.

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