M3P:Community portal

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Welcome to the M3P Community Portal
This is the place to find out what is happening on M3P.
Learn what tasks need to be done, what groups there are to create and/or join,
and share news about recent events or current activities taking place around the interests of the M3P.


  • A general discussion about (mostly technical) developments on the M3P can be found on the Main Page talk page
  • Other than creating a page about your own work and/or direct interests, you can also help the M3P grow by contributing to entries that are either:
  • If you'd really like to get your hands dirty with the blood and guts of the project, feel free to join us on the M3P:To Do list.
  • If you're academically inclined, you'll certainly want to know about the M3P:Reading Room.
  • There's also an M3P page on Facebook, where all new pages are listed automatically for people to share on the most popular online social media network.


You can also use the various discussion pages available for each page on the wiki to interact with other users and make suggestions for improvement of the wiki functionality.

History

The Malta Music Memory Project was launched during Notte Bianca: Lejl Imdawwal in Valletta, Malta on 25th September 2010, with an Inaugural Symposium and Networking Workshop at the St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity. The launch events included an evening concert called You Rarely Hear This On the Radio! at Hastings Garden, overlooking Marsamxett Harbour. This was the first in a series of events planned by M3P for 2010 & 2011.

The M3P Inaugural Conference took place at St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Valletta on 3-4 June 2011. A number of evening sessions of live music included the second in a series of M3P events called You Rarely Hear This On the Radio! 2, presented with assistance from the Malta Arts Fund of the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts. Video recordings from these M3P events featuring live music will all be presented on this website in the coming months.

Support for these events was provided by the Malta Arts Fund of the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts and the Strategic Research Support Fund of the University of Hull's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Sharing memories

The main goal of the M3P is to provide an inclusive repository for memories of Malta's music and associated arts, ensuring that these are kept in posterity for current and future generations.

On 28 June 2010 we started exploring the basic information architecture by developing entries related to Xtruppaw.

Initial text for a page about the project was entered on 13 August 2010.

Contribution from the scene started trickling in soon after that and we've also developed a page Exploring Music Genres as a checklist for potential music genres that may be applicable to Maltese Music. Another exploratory list relates to Digital Audio Distributors. Both pages are fully open for contributions from the M3P community.

  • Further updates and discussions on the back-end work can be found in the talk page for the Main Page, while some of the more persistent work on the front end is listed below...at least for now.

Academic Research

Academic research is an essential dimension of this project. The collaborative partners on this aspect of M3P are from the University of Hull (led by Dr Toni Sant from the School of Arts & New Media and supported by researchers Alex Grech, Tony Grimaud and Steve Borg) and the University of Malta (Dr Ing Saviour Zammit from the Dept. of Communications & Computer Engineering and Dr Albert Bell from Youth & Community Studies). We're also looking into a similar collaboration with Birmingham City University (where our lead contact is Dr Paul Long), particularly with a view to share good practice in community engagement with the Birmingham Popular Music Archives, founded by Jez Collins.

Ahead of the project, Toni Sant wrote a position paper on the academic dimension of a project like the M3P. This paper appeared in the Journal of Music, Technology & Education in 2009. Another academic article appeared in the Journal of Maltese History in 2011, outlining the initial work on the M3P. Both papers are viewable in the M3P Reading Room.

  • See also:
Details about the 2011 conference, which took place at St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Valletta on 3-4 June 2011, and the M3P Inaugural Symposium.
The 2012 academic gathering which took place on the Scarborough Campus of the University of Hull, during a TaPRA symposium on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Documenting Performance on Saturday 24 March 2012.

Contributions from the scene

  • Mario Axiaq is working on fairly comprehensive lists of notable Maltese creatives, while keeping us updated with information about deaths of people that should be recorded on the M3P. See: Category:Deaths.
  • Steve Borg started exploring a list of Għannejja along with other aspects of Maltese music associated with his academic research at the University of Hull's Scarborough Campus, including a working list of Vinyl Records from Malta.
  • Lito Micallef is looking into ways to integrate the work he has does with live music events at Litorocks.com with the M3P current events section; this has proved to be much harder than we originally thought.

Logo & Visual Identity

Pierre Portelli created the M3P logo and after several iterations we settled on the one you see on the site right now. We're hoping to have a page about the history of the logo as one of the project pages in the near future.

Year in Review

After 10 years of presenting a review of the preceding year on the MaltaMedia Online Network, elements of the same production team started contributing a similar review to the M3P. The 2010 review was the first review made accessible via M3P and contributions to it, and other Year in Review pages are welcome from all registered users in the same spirit as everything else on this website. It is envisioned that reviews of previous years throughout the first decade of the 21th century will be brought to the M3P and archived here accordingly.

  • Visit the Year in Review pages: 2010 | 2011

The Year in Review feature has been paused as the initial idea has not been picked up by enough contributors to make it work smoothly. However, as this wiki is wide open to registered users, we hope it's likely that it will be continued at some point in the near future.

See also