Learning Resources

In this tutorial, you will get a basic introduction to LARM.fm. The tutorial is also available in Danish.

Welcome to LARM.fm. Here you can find radio, TV and program sheets from Danish media.

When you have logged on to LARM.fm you will see this page. On the left there are a number of search functions. In the middle there is a list of files. And at the bottom on the left-hand-corner you can find your own workspace, where you can organize interesting files.

By default, the search bar is empty, and you can see how many of the different file types there are. Right now there are 1.2 million TV-programs and roughly 900.000 radio programs.

In this bar, you can search all the text accessible on LARM.fm. You will not find words spoken in a radio or TV programme, but you will find words in the OCR-scanned program sheets and in the files’ metadata: For example, the program title and it’s contributors. You will also be able to search metadata added by other users.

Searching for the word “rock” returns around 14.000 results. If I search for “rock” as a truncation of Danish compound words, by adding an asterisk to the end of the word, I can search for words like rock music or rock land, and return more than 21.000 results.

The search can now be limited in three ways: by time period, by type and by channel.

With the “indtil tid” or “set time” function I can get an overview of how the results are distributed over time. I can look closer at the 1960’s, where there appear to be more “rock”-results. If I limit my search to “radio programs”…  I now have 15 files.

To get a better overview of the list, I can click “udsendelsesdato” or “broadcast date”, and the files are sorted in chronological order with the earliest program at the top.

To get more information about a file, I can click it and I can now play the broadcast…. I can jump in the file… and control the volume.

Bellow is the accessible metadata related to this file. In “LARM metadata” I have added some text that makes it easier for others to find and identify this file.

Before a new search, always remember to clear the filters from the previous search.

A search for the Danish author “Johannes V. Jensen” returns 59.000 results. With quotation marks I can search for the precise combination of the three words “Johannes”, “V” and “Jensen”… and get 733 results.

LARM.fm contains a great deal of information about this famous Danish author. One thing I could do is investigate his earliest appearance on national radio. To do this, I create an overview of when Johannes V. Jensen appears in the program sheets, and limit my search to 1925…

If I click this file, I see a scan of the program sheet from April 26th 1925, on which Johannes V. Jensen was a guest and the subject of a Danish Poetry and Music night.

At the bottom left of the screen is the project function. This is a small workspace, related to my user profile. Here I can save files, I would like to return to, and I can organise them into collections.

For example, I can add the program sheet I just found to a project on “Danish authors”. Here I have created a sub-folder for Johannes V Jensen. If I drag the file into the folder, I will be able to find it there next time I need it. I can also share a project with other LARM.fm users. I already share this folder with two other users, who can access it when they are logged in to LARM.fm with their own user profiles.

Larm.fm also offers a tool to annotate files. This means that I can attach text to specific time points in a radio file. I will demonstrate how that works with one of the radio programs featuring Johannes V. Jensen.

The file “Fra Stemmearkivet” or in English “From the Voice Archive” is a radio program from 1958 about the then deceased author. Here, I have created annotations to mark the sections when you can hear Johannes V. Jensen speaking. With two fingers on the track pad I can zoom in and see how the sections are named.

The annotations can be played one by one….

Annotations can make it easier to find specific sections in programs and they can also be helpful to other users. It is also a good tool for collecting quotes for lectures and talks. Each annotation has a unique address that can be copied, when the relevant annotation is activated and highlighted. This link leads directly to automatically playing the marked sequence and automatically plays it.

This has been a basic introduction to some of the functions available on LARM.fm. I hope you will find larm.fm useful. And please watch the other tutorials on searching, projects and metadata, if you want a more in depth introduction to the various functions.

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