The Four Four Beat Project:
Curating artifacts, digitizing music!
A virtual experience for youth and youth influencers!
The Four Four Beat Project is an archival lab focused on preserving Hip Hop-inspired artifacts and ideas in digitally-mediated environments. These artifacts include rare and popular music from the 20th and 21st century such as gospel, blues, jazz, rock and roll, soul, rap/Hip Hop, funk, alternative, and dance. These artifacts are available in various forms: vinyl, cassette, as CDs, and in digital formats. We also have Hip Hop-inspired books, photos, paraphernalia, original autographs, fashion, magazines, movies, and movie soundtracks.
These online resources are learning design models for college and pre-college humanities instruction. We remain focused on what happens at the intersection where music meets culture and culture meets technology.
Our aims are uniquely situated at the nexus of art and music, social justice and civic engagement, media and technology.
As an archival lab, our mission is to offer subscribers open-access resources in media and culture that focus on their use in justice-oriented teaching and learning.
Virtual 4-4 is our bread and butter.
Virtual 4-4 is the virtual component of the lab, and it is what we are most proud of. Here, is where we are raising the volume on how universities, libraries, youth, and youth influencers access and interact with these artifacts. With the click of a button (and some oculus technology, of course), we are building a space where subscribers can beam themselves into one of the four collection rooms we currently have designed. These rooms are the Michael Webster Room, The HipHop2020 Collection, Virtual 4-4 Study Hall, and the Virtual 4-4 Gallery.
Each room provides access to digital versions of our physical archive, which includes albums, photos, (classroom) videos, autographs, books, lesson plans, and timeless memorabilia.