Thought this didn't really belong on the DJ mixes thread, so here it is in its own thread.
Centuries of Sound is a monthly mix of music and other audio from a single year - starting with the first sound recordings around 1860 and working slowly towards the present. So far I've completed these years-
I can only find the slightest of references to anything included here on ILX, and for good reason - very little that has survived from this time is really listenable, and the popular American music of the time is deeply problematic, to say the least. Still, there is a reasonable amount of at least interesting stuff out there, and I'm enjoying researching this stuff a great deal, even if it has turned into a life-encompassing project.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 3 July 2017 20:53 (two years ago) link
An inspired project indeed!
― Ned Raggett, Monday, 3 July 2017 21:01 (two years ago) link
I need to follow this, will be a fascinating journey. George W Johnson (1891) is an interesting character not least that he apparently recorded each wax cylinder (25-50,000!) individually. Tim Brooks' book 'Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1890-1919' has quite a big section about him.
― Dan Worsley, Monday, 3 July 2017 21:13 (two years ago) link
Ha, just noticed you've linked to that book in the sidebar. Co-sign on Greg Milner's 'Perfecting Sound Forever' too.
― Dan Worsley, Monday, 3 July 2017 21:22 (two years ago) link
didn't realize richard jose was recording as early as 1892! i enjoy his last recording, an electrical recording of one of his early hits made in 1930. i have such a rough time with most recordings before about 1924 or so, though! the portable action keyring player analogy is right on. so little of value from these years was recorded, so little of that is preserved. just your occasional recording by joseph taylor, or polk miller, or europe's society orchestra.
― The Saga of Rodney Stooksbury (rushomancy), Tuesday, 4 July 2017 02:48 (two years ago) link
This is awesome. Great project.
― a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 4 July 2017 03:00 (two years ago) link
Thanks for the encouragement, all. Rushomancy - I had never heard of Richard Jose before this project, there are a lot of tenors to be dealing with in the early 1900s so quite possibly that's it for him. I agree of course that there is a lot of rubbish to get through in this era, but (as I'm doing everything a year ahead of schedule) I'm currently listening to 1906, and have to report that there is a wealth of great stuff already - Vess L Ossman, Bohumir Kryl, Bert Williams, Arthur Pryor, plus all manner of wonderful Russian discs. There is a big uptick in quality around 1897 and I'm still finding more than enough for each year (though I am working through over a thousand mp3s per year now and am going to have to come up with new strategies soon)
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 4 July 2017 22:09 (two years ago) link
Oh wow, I'll be looking into this for sure.
― No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Tuesday, 4 July 2017 22:32 (two years ago) link
oh, vess ossman totally holds up great today (when he's not being racist). that's the thing there - damn near everything that got recorded back then was racist! jesus, poor bert williams; shit back then was fucked. bohumir kryl i hadn't heard, but man, people just went totally bonkers for the cornet back then, didn't they?
― The Saga of Rodney Stooksbury (rushomancy), Wednesday, 5 July 2017 00:29 (two years ago) link
Oh christ, yes, the racism everywhere is terrible, and applies on so many levels, major hurdle to get over, this is why there's still no Arthur Collins compilation out there, even though he was clearly the biggest star of the time. And yes, lots of cornet, also lots of xylophone and banjo, but very little piano recorded in the ragtime era. OTOH there are Russian, French & other recordings at this point, and much of this doesn't apply.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 5 July 2017 06:06 (two years ago) link
Fantastic project, Camaraderie, will be following this closely!
― Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 5 July 2017 09:15 (two years ago) link
Ooh, this looks great - I'd been slowly working through a bunch of Canary Records comps plus Jonathan Bogart's Just One Song More project (1900-1930).
― etc, Wednesday, 5 July 2017 10:37 (two years ago) link
this is great stuff, i think i mentioned on the dj mix thread
― Shat Parp (dog latin), Wednesday, 5 July 2017 10:38 (two years ago) link
this is awesome!
― niels, Friday, 7 July 2017 10:35 (two years ago) link
And the attention ramps up
― Ned Raggett, Friday, 7 July 2017 16:50 (two years ago) link
I wonder if this fits in a little farther down the road...
Hear the Only Castrato Ever Recorded Sing “Ave Maria” and Other Classics (1904)
― Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 7 July 2017 17:29 (two years ago) link
great project, excited to follow along ...
― tylerw, Friday, 7 July 2017 17:31 (two years ago) link
And the attention ramps uphttp://www.avclub.com/article/blog-making-mixtape-every-year-invention-recorded--257770― Ned Raggett, Friday, July 7, 2017 5:50 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
― Ned Raggett, Friday, July 7, 2017 5:50 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
Yes, thanks influencers of ILM! Must keep it up now (I would have anyway, but good to know someone's actually listening to it, none of my friends / family / colleagues are remotely interested, best I've got it "tell me when you reach the 20s")
Re: Alessandro Moreschi, yes, I like him (not many do) and will be including at least one recording at some point. One of his cylinders also has the first ever recording of a pope.
Thanks for the link to Just One Song More, shamefully wasn't aware of that.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 8 July 2017 18:41 (two years ago) link
New entry up - 1893
Unique Quartette – Mamma’s Black Baby BoyLouis Vasnier – Adam And Eve And De Winter Apple (Excerpt)23rd Regiment Band Of New York – A.O.O.S. MarchJohn York Atlee – Anvil ChorusGeorge J. Gaskin – After The BallIssler’s Orchestra – On The MidwayAda Jones – Sweet MarieUnknown – Brown Wax Home Recording Of Speech In AfrikaansSergei Taneyev And Leo Conus – Leo Conus- Suite For Piano Four-HandsRussell Hunting – Casey At The BatUnited States Marine Band – The Kiss WaltzArthur Houston – Flute SoloEdward M. Favor – The Commodore SongGeorge H. Diamond – When Summer Comes AgainJohn York Atlee – Why Should I Keep From Whistling?
I'm currently editing 1895 and listening to 1907, so if anyone has any suggestions for those years, they would be welcome.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 7 August 2017 05:37 (two years ago) link
1894 is up! There is an actual song you might know near the start, and a lot of very nice piano stuff in the middle, some very nice cornet playing near the end... I mean, still not the easiest of listening but getting better.
Words on the blog, tracklist here:
Spencer, Wiliams And Quinn’s Imperial Minstrels – Minstrel First PartIssler’s Orchestra – Electric Light QuadrilleEdward M. Favor – Daisy BellJames Mooney – Arapaho No. 73. Ghost DanceUnknown – Personal Message from a Grandfather to his Grandchildren (excerpt 1)Standard Quartet – Keep Movin’Harvard Clock Tower – ChimesUnknown – Personal Message from a Grandfather to his Grandchildren (excerpt 2)Jules Conus – Chopin-Sarasate- Nocturne In E-Flat, Op. 9, No. 2Anton Arensky – Le Ruisseau Dans La Forêt In G, No. 15 From 24 Morceaux Charactéristiques, Op. 36Lavrentii Donskoi – Rubinstein- O Pechal I Toska From NeroVladimir Wilschaw – Godard- En Courant In G-Flat, No. 1 From 6 Morceaux, Op. 53Joseph Sawyer – Birthday Speech, October 22 1894Anton Arensky, Jan Hrímalý And Anatoly Brandukov – Arensky- Piano Trio No. 1 In D Minor, Op. 32- Second Movement – Scherzo- Allegro MoltoMaria Ivanovna Gutheil – Rubinstein- SailRussell Hunting – The Old Man And JimJules Levy – The Last Rose Of SummerJohn MacColl – Campbells Are ComingBrilliant Quartette – Blind TomJames Mooney – Caddo No. 2. Ghost DanceDan Kelly – Paddy’s WeddingSousa’s Band – The Crack RegimentU.S. Marine Band – The Enthusiast Polka23rd Regiment Band – New York HeraldU.S. Marine Band – The Directorate MarchCharles Asbury – Haul The Woodpile DownBison City Quartet – Mill Medley
I was thinking of making downloadable packs of mp3s for each year, would people be interested in those?
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 4 September 2017 20:35 (one year ago) link
i would for certain
― bob lefse (rushomancy), Monday, 4 September 2017 20:52 (one year ago) link
Ok, let's give it a try then.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 4 September 2017 21:13 (one year ago) link
Ok if I do that directly? These recordings are all well out of copyright.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 4 September 2017 21:14 (one year ago) link
^^ I for one would much prefer that to a mix, that would be awesome
― Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 5 September 2017 08:47 (one year ago) link
Follow the Mediafire link, Le Bateau Ivre.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 5 September 2017 09:38 (one year ago) link
1895 is here.
Mixcloud / mp3 download / unmixed mp3 pack are all at the bottom of the blog post
Vess L. Ossman – Cocoanut DanceRussell Hunting – Casey As A Hotel ClerkBaldwin’s Cadet Band Of Boston – The Liberty BellEdward M Favor – My Best Gal’s A New YorkerOriole Quartette – Brother Michael, Won’t You Hand Down That RopeSousa’s Band – Yazoo DanceIssler’s Orchestra – DixieAristide Bruant – Le Chat NoirHolding’s Military Band – Overture SemiramideDan W. Quinn – Streets Of CairoCharles P. Lowe – Carnival Of VeniceJean Moeremans – Carnival Of VeniceUnique Quartet – Who Broke The Lock?Dickson – Dickson Experimental Sound FilmLeo Tolstoy – Spoken Word [14 February 1895, Russia]Paul Pabst – Chopin-Pabst- Waltz In D-Flat, Op. 64, No. 1, “minute”Josef Hofmann – Anton Rubinstein- Contredanse B, No. 3 From Le Bal, Op. 14Paul Pabst – Tchaikovsky-Pabst- Paraphrase On Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66Eugene Danton – Vive La CanadienneDavid B. Dana – Evening StarBaldwin’s Cadet Band Of Boston – Overture, Poet And PeasantGeorge W. Johnson – Listen To The Mocking BirdArthur B. Adamini – CarambaFoh’s 23rd Regiment Band Of New York – The Melon Patch SchottischeGeorge J. Gaskin – Sidewalks Of New YorkMiss Alice Raymond – Love Me Little Love Me LongHolding’s Military Band – Overture SemiramideIssler’s Orchestra – Kentucky Jubilee SingersDan W. Quinn – Married LifeSousa’s Band – Stars And Stripes Forever
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 2 October 2017 07:02 (one year ago) link
Just put up mp3 packs for previous years
Editing 1896, bit of a mediocre year tbh, better coming up in 1897 though. Currently listening to 1908, have to abandon my driftnet approach soon as have hit the magic "2000 tracks to listen to" mark, and there isn't really time in the month, especially with these 4 minute discs, but looking forward to putting all the weird Russian pre-revolution stuff out there. So, if anyone has any suggestions for 1909-1920 they would be very welcome indeed.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Sunday, 8 October 2017 20:36 (one year ago) link
well, there's Before the Revolution: a 1909 recording expedition in the Caucasus and Central Asia by The Gramophone Company. probably already on your radar.
― bob lefse (rushomancy), Sunday, 8 October 2017 20:53 (one year ago) link
oh, and this is good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JFPzJaG2pg
― bob lefse (rushomancy), Sunday, 8 October 2017 20:54 (one year ago) link
Yeah, I have Before the Revolution, we'll see if it gets lost in amongst all the other Russian stuff. That Royal Marimba Band song is lovely though, have filed it away in 1915.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Sunday, 8 October 2017 21:46 (one year ago) link
Editing 1896, bit of a mediocre year tbh
Such an ILM comment, I love it :-) The hot new sound at that time was car engines, IIRC.
This is an incredible project! Thanks for putting it all together.
― sbahnhof, Friday, 20 October 2017 04:31 (one year ago) link
1896 is up! Bit of a duff year, as said, but have tried to balance it out with a rambling, slightly pretentious essay on noise.
https://centuriesofsound.wordpress.com/2017/11/06/1896/ <-- Mixcloud / MP3 Pack / etc. are on the blog page, at the top.
Imperial Minstrels – The Old Log CabinGeorge W. Johnson – The Laughing SongWilliam McKinlley – Speech to Republican ConventionVess L. Ossman – The Stars and Stripes ForeverGeorge Graham – Talk on MoneyColumbia Orchestra – Virginia SkedaddleW.O. Beckenbaugh – Sale of Toys, Dolls and So Forth on Christmas Eve NightSteve Clemens – Darkys PatrolCal Stewart – Uncle Josh’s Trip to Coney Island (Excerpt 1)Brand’s Concert Band – Chimes of NormandyCal Stewart – Uncle Josh’s Trip to Coney Island (Excerpt 2)Empire State Concert Band – Belle of New York MarchBill Nye – On TripeWilliam Paris Chambers – The SeraphJosef Hofmann – Wagner-Brassin- Magic Fire Music From Die WalküreJohn Terrell – a Few Words in Regard to DrinkingGilmore’s Band – Grand March From TannhauserRussell Hunting – Casey at the Telephone (Excerpt 1)Dan W. Quinn – Still His Whiskers GrewRussell Hunting – Casey at the Telephone (Excerpt 2)Edison Concert Band – Ouverture to ‘Der Tambour Der Garde’Russell Hunting – I Wonder WhyUnited States Marine Band – the Directorate MarchLen Spencer – Sale of Pawnbroker’s Goods (‘by Harry Spencer’)Peerless Orchestra – Yankee Doodle Dandy LancersSousa’s Band – The Darkie’s TemptationGeorge Graham – Street FakirDorothy Hoyle – La Cinquantaine
I've also rewritten the 'about' page and optimistically put a suggestion form up there.
Listening to 1909 now, when I'm done with that I'll have a go at 2017.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 6 November 2017 22:13 (one year ago) link
1897 is here, incorporating a fair bit from "Actionable Offenses: Indecent Phonograph Recordings from the 1890s" - making this perhaps the only NSFW mix I'll make pre-20s.
Mixcloud, mp3 pack, download, RSS here - https://centuriesofsound.wordpress.com/2017/12/04/1897/
Students at Cornell University – New Years Day PartySousa’s Band (Trombone – Arthur Pryor) – Blue Bells of ScotlandBelieved to Be Russell Hunting – Did He Charge Too MuchVess L. Ossman – Old Folks at HomeHarry Heath – Speech With Church ChimesAl Sweet – L’elegante [Élégante Polka]Cal Stewart – Uncle Josh on a BicycleEdison Brass Quartet – Come Where Lilies Bloom‘Willy Fathand of New York City’ [Believed to Be Russell Hunting] – Sim Hadley on a RacketEdison Concert Band – El Capitan March‘Manly Tempest’ [Unknown Performer, Possibly Russell Hunting] – the Rascal DetectorThe Columbia Orchestra – Sea Flower PolkaLen Spencer & Vess Ossman – Hot Time in the Old TownN. R. Wood – Morning on the FarmEdison Male Quartette – Annie LaurieDrum Corps – Spirit of ’76Garde Republicaine – Marche Des Petit Pierot‘Charley Smith of Kankakee’ [Believed to Be Russell Hunting] – Out of OrderFraulein Vioni Eidner – Der Vogelhandler, Act I- Die NachtigallRobert Green Ingersroll – On HopeCousins & De Moss – Poor MournerHarry Heath – SpeechArthur Pryor – the PalmsFrank S. Mazziotta – Sleighride‘Manly Tempest’ [Unknown Performer, Possibly Russell Hunting] – Gimlet’s SoliloquyGeorge Schweinfest – Bob White PolkaRussell Hunting – Casey’s Political SpeechPeerless Orchestra – My Babe From Boston‘Charley Smith of New York City’ [Believed to Be Russell Hunting] – Reilly as a PolicemanGeorge J Gaskin – Best in the House is None Too Good for ReillyCharles P. Lowe – Leonora WaltzThe Columbia Orchestra – I Thought I Was a Winner, Or, I Don’t Know, You Ain’t So WarmBilly Golden – Listen to the Mocking BirdThompson River Indians – Dance Song of Thompson River IndiansJoseph Norrito – Original SchottischeSousa’s Band – Stars and Stripes Forever
Best thing on here = Arthur Pryor, on three tracks.
I'm now working on 2017, need suggestions of speech clips, overwhelmed with music already.
Please let me know if you have any comments.
Mr Snrub - I don't have that track, can you please send it to me?
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 4 December 2017 18:08 (one year ago) link
1898! A bit late. Blog post includes a glossary of the (popular American) musical landscape of 1898, which may be interesting to people.
Mixcloud, mp3 pack, download, RSS are all here - https://centuriesofsound.wordpress.com/2018/01/09/1898/
A. L. Sweet – Bugle Call – 00:00Vess L. Ossman – Bunch of Rags – 00:08Garrett A. Hobart – Words Of Welcome – 02:32Arthur Collins – Zizzy Ze Zum Zum – 02:44Harry Spencer – Side Show Shouter – 03:28Edison Brass Quartet – At A Georgia Camp Meeting – 04:05Dan W Quinn – At A Georgia Camp Meeting – 04:42Gilmore’s Band – At A Georgia Camp Meeting – 05:35William Jennings Bryan – Crown Of Thorns And Cross Of Gold – 06:45George Rosey’s Orchestra Of New York City – Cotillion March – 07:01Cal Stewart – Uncle Josh On A Street Car – 08:05Sousa’s Band – Love Thoughts Waltz (Trombone – Arthur Pryor) – 08:49Buffalo Bill – Sentiment On The Cuban Question – 12:02Columbia Orchestra – Charge Of Roosevelt’s Rough Riders – 12:21Cal Stewart – Uncle Josh Comments On The Spanish Question – 14:39Edison Concert Band – Medley Of War Songs – 15:09Chief trumpeter Cassi of Roosevelt’s Rough Riders – Bugle Calls – 17:24Otto Mesloh – Tyrolienne – 18:07Russell Hunting – Casey As Umpire At A Ball Game – 19:28Columbia Orchestra – The Darkey’s Dream – 19:44Ruby Brooks – The Darkies Dream (Banjo Solo) – 21:12T. De Witt Talmage – Sermon On The Mount – 22:21Frank C. Stanley – A Hundred Fathoms Deep – 22:36W. F. Hooley – Ingersoll At The Tomb Of Napoleon – 24:40F. Jardella – Spaghetti Polka – 24:55Dr. B. Sunderland – Lord’s Prayer – 26:45Jennie Hoyle – Musin Mazurka – 27:03Unknown Performer, Possibly Russell Hunting – The Whores’ Union – 28:29Joseph Pizzarello – Nocturne – 28:55Sandra Droucker – Etude In F-Sharp – 30:58Edison Symphony Orchestra – Donau Weibschen Waltz – 32:20W. F. Hooley – Talmage On ‘Infidelity’ – 34:38Sousa’s Grand Concert Band – The Jolly Coppersmith – 34:52Frank S. Maziotta – Old Folks At Home – 37:27August P.Stengler – Old Folks At Home – 39:09John Terrell – Casey’s Address To The G.A.R. – 41:05Otto Mesloh – Tyrolienne – 41:46Cousins & Demoss – Who Broke The Lock – 43:08Vess L. Ossman – Pretty Little Queen – 45:20The Greater New York Quartette – The Sleigh Ride Party – 47:50
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:58 (one year ago) link
Sorry to say I have not yet found the time to complete my 2017 mix.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:59 (one year ago) link
― IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:06 (one year ago) link
― FREEZE! FYI! (dog latin), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:19 (one year ago) link
I was considering running a poll on here for best pre-1900 recordings, do people think that's a good idea?
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 16:46 (one year ago) link
wasn't aware of Vess Ossman until now, what a great discovery for me
― IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 16:55 (one year ago) link
Arthur Pryor really stands out here as modern sounding, compared to many of the other players. Having grown up in a Victorian-era milltown, I can picture this stuff played in the town bandstand and old hotels and other mansard-roof brick buildings around town. Thanks!
― Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 20:45 (one year ago) link
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, January 9, 2018 10:46 AM (five hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
― budo jeru, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 22:08 (one year ago) link
1899 is here, I think it's actually pretty listenable this time, much better than 1898, which was leagues ahead of 1897. I wrote what was supposed to be a short blog post about "Hello, Ma Baby!" to go with it too, and it ended up being pretty long.
Said blog is here, along with mixcloud, mp3 download, mp3 pack, etc. etc. - https://centuriesofsound.wordpress.com/2018/02/05/1899/
Tracklist here for the record. Lots of little clips of Len Spencer as he was producing copious spoken word stuff at this point.
Len Spencer – Promotional Message On The Edison Phonograph (Extract 1) 0:00Arthur Collins – Hello, Ma Baby! 0:58Len Spencer – Promotional Message On The Edison Phonograph (Extract 2) 3:26Vess L. Ossman – Little Bit Of Everything 4:33S. H. Dudley & Arthur Collins – Three Minutes With The Minstrels (Extract) 7:00Edison Concert Band – Second Connecticut March 7:24Cal Stewart – Uncle Josh And The Lightning Rod Agent 8:53Jean Moeremans And Jacques L. Van Poucke – Polka Variata 10:20B. Russell Throckmorton – The White Man’s Burden (Kipling) (Extract 1) 11.51Anton Arensky – Arensky- An Der Quelle In A, Op. 46, No. 1 12.16B. Russell Throckmorton – The White Man’s Burden (Kipling) (Extract 2) 13:00Columbia Orchestra – The Lime-Kiln Club 13:46Edison Minstrels – Minstrel Potpourri (Extract 1) 16:27Edison Quartette – Sunshine Will Come Again 16:39Edison Minstrels – Minstrel Potpourri (Extract 2) 18:56Will F. Denny – You Can’t Think Of Everything 19:11Billy Golden – Rabbit Hash (Extract) 20:08A. L. Sweet – Arbucklenian Polka 20:16Imperial Minstrels – Upon The Golden Shore (Extract) 21:39Columbia Drum, Fife and Bugle Corps – the Girl I Left Behind Me 21:54Peerless Orchestra – Admiral Dewey’s Arrival In New York 22:47Orchestra – The Mosquito Parade 23:49Cal Stewart – Uncle Josh At A Baseball Game 25:43James C. Mcauliffe – Mrs. Mccloud’s Reel 26:14Peerless Orchestra – Ma Ragtime Baby 27:39Len Spencer – Auction Sale-Household Goods (Extract 1) 29:44Unidentified Barrel Organist – Street Piano Number Two 30:29Len Spencer – Auction Sale-Household Goods (Extract 2) 31:55Dan W Quinn – Glorious Beer 32:32Len Spencer – Auction Sale-Household Goods (Extract 3) 33:34W. C. Townsend – The Pixies 33:54William Jefferson (Len Spencer) – Cinderella (Extract 1) 35:43Albert Benzler – Tell Me With Your Eyes Medley 36:25William Jefferson (Len Spencer) – Cinderella (Extract 2) 37:23Jacques L. Van Poucke – Fantaisie Variée 38:02William Jefferson (Len Spencer) – Cinderella (Extract 3) 39:18Joseph P. Cullen And William G. Collins – Twin Star March 40:11Sig. Adamini – Los Ojos Negros 41:26Vess L. Ossman – Whistling Rufus 44:24Peerless Orchestra. – Whistling Rufus 46:58Roger Harding & Steve Porter – The Imperial Minstrels (Extract 1) 49:24Joseph P. Cullen And William G. Collins – Twin Star March 49:38May Kelso – Because 50:52Roger Harding & Steve Porter – The Imperial Minstrels (Extract 2) 52:36Jean Moeremans – The Little Speranza 52:53George P. Watson – Snyder, Does Your Mother Know You’re Out? 54:27Orchestre Boldi – L’amour Et La Vie À Vienne 56:48Unidentified Chimes – Home, Sweet Home 59:35
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 09:09 (one year ago) link
I was considering running a poll on here for best pre-1900 recordings, do people think that's a good idea?― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, January 9, 2018 10:46 AM (five hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalinkhell yeah― budo jeru, Tuesday, January 9, 2018 10:08 PM (four weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
― budo jeru, Tuesday, January 9, 2018 10:08 PM (four weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
Great, I'd like to go ahead with this, then. I remember there was a thread with a schedule for polls, would anyone mind me diving in there are starting a new one rather than waiting my turn for too long? Reckon I could start this at the end of Feb.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 22:50 (one year ago) link
Mixcloud won't let me play this latest mix, as apparently it violates US terms for streaming mixes:
― Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 17:58 (one year ago) link
Thanks, I thought I could foil this by putting a full stop at the end of his name for some of the tracks, but apparently the system is smarter than I thought. I have contacted mixcloud and am trying to resolve it, but we'll just have to see. In the meantime there's the mp3 there too I guess.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 22:25 (one year ago) link
a thread with a schedule for polls
oh wow i didn't even realize this was a thing
― budo jeru, Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:08 (one year ago) link
I'm not sure it is a thing as I can't find it, maybe I dreamed it. Long list of upcoming artist polls with poll-runners listed, last one was New Order? Anyway, not sure there is enough interest, will leave it for now.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 8 February 2018 10:21 (one year ago) link
no, it's around somewhere, search "ILM artist poll" but I can't find the thread where people discuss the order of the polls
― sleeve, Thursday, 8 February 2018 15:25 (one year ago) link
ILM Ballot Polls for 2014 and beyond -- order, timing, "I would have voted if I'd known about it," etc
― "oh no my cheds" man had dark to black packet (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 8 February 2018 15:26 (one year ago) link
1900 is here, and it's turned out to be the shortest mix since 1897 for some reason.
Mix, blog, mp3 pace are all here - https://centuriesofsound.wordpress.com/2018/03/05/1900/
Emperor Franz Joseph – Oldest Magnetic Recording On Poulsen 0:00Edison Concert Band – Champaign Gallop 0:09Film Soundtrack – Cyrano de Bergerac 2:11Edison Grand Concert Band – Mr. Thomas Cat 2:36Arthur W Haddon – Brown Wax Home Recording Of Talking 4:41Vess L Ossman – A Coon Band Contest 5:03Sousa’s Band – A Coon Band Contest 7:18American Quartet – A Night Trip To Buffalo (Excerpt 1) 9:05Arthur Collins – The Mick Who Threw The Brick 9:26American Quartet – A Night Trip To Buffalo (Excerpt 2) 10:31Charles P. Lowe – Brilliant Gallop 11.08Len Spencer & George Schweinfest – The Arkansaw Traveler (Excerpt 1) 13:15Will F. Denny – Doing His Duty-Ooty 13:27Len Spencer & George Schweinfest – The Arkansaw Traveler (Excerpt 2) 15:41George Schweinfest – Robin Adair 15:54Len Spencer & George Schweinfest – The Arkansaw Traveler (Excerpt 3) 17:12Charles D’ Almaine – Polish National Dance 17:28Aumonier – Le Cor 19:36Paul Daraux – Les Myrtes Sont Fletries 22:01Choir with Alessandro Moreschi – Tui Sunt Coeli 23:26William Jennings Bryan – Imperialism Speech (Excerpt) 25:48Peter Dawson – The Miner’s Dream Of Home 26:10Cal Stewart – Uncle Josh In A Chinese Laundry 29:54Oppakekepei – Kawakami Noburo Isao 31:04Siam Theater Ensemble (Berlin) – Kham Hom 32:30Harry Spencer – The Absent-Minded Beggar (Kipling) 34:22Edison Male Quartet – Vesper Service 35:30William F. Hooley – A Record For The Children 36:38Arthur Collins – Mandy Lee 37:18Frank Kennedy – Schultz At The Paris Exposition 40:51Peerless Orchestra – Hail To The Spirit Of Liberty 41:26Wilson Gabo, Cora Gabo And Unidentified Accompanists – Brown Wax Home Recording Of Harmonica Solo Talking 43:40Vess L Ossman – The Old Folks At Home 45:04Performer Not Given – Brown Wax Home Recording 47:27
My highlights - last bit of 'Mr Thomas Cat', Vess L Ossman's version of 'Old Folks At Home'
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 5 March 2018 16:52 (one year ago) link
I wrote a post about Alessandro Moreschi, and as he was recommended on here I thought it might be of interest.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 12 July 2018 22:30 (one year ago) link
― Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Friday, 13 July 2018 01:39 (one year ago) link
Here is 1905, five days late, but nobody seems to be counting except me, so that's ok? This is by far my busiest time of the year, and it's a miracle it's even done now.
This was one of those mixes where I started off lamenting the paucity of good material, then by the end found I had no way to cram in all the best stuff unless I made the mix 6 minutes too long, so that's what it is. So it starts a bit slowly, with many of the best bits towards the end.
And because the majority of the music here is from outside the USA I've written a short blog about ethnomusicology.
All can be found here - https://centuriesofsound.wordpress.com/2018/08/10/1905/
Russell Hunting – Casey Listening To The Phonograph 0:00Arthur Pryor’s Band – A Coon Band Contest 0:12Bernhard Hagen – Walze 10: Zauberformeln Gesungen Von Malim 2:30Edison Concert Band – Skeleton Dance 2:47Len Spencer – The Transformation Scene From “Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde” 4:50Albert Benzler, Henry Nesbit, And The Edison Military Band – Monastery Bells 6:12Banda De Zapadores De Mexico – La Paloma 7:19Juan De Dios Peza – Mi Padre 9:27Higinio Cazón – Recuerdos 9:37Gabino Ezeiza – Cosmopolísimo 10:59Trio Instrumental Arriaga – La Dolores – Jota 12:17Herrera Robinson Y Picazo – La Paloma Azul 14:20Mario Pinheiro – A Boceta De Rapé 15:30Los Montegrins De La Foncella Di Montegri – Queen Of The Flowers 18:47Unknown Performer – I Lamenti De Un Venditore Di Giornali 20:41Pablo De Sarasate – Caprice Basque Op.24 20:58Professor A. Lloyd James – Francis Bacon’s “On Studies” 23:34Maria A. Mikhailova, Acc. Maria Hamowetzkaya – Ave Maria 23:52Padre Agustino – Predica Di Padre Agustino- L’addio 26:17Nellie Melba – Lucia Di Lammermoor 26:38Maria A. Mikhailova – Thou Brilliant Bird 28:02Edgar L. Davenport – Lasca (Excerpt 1) 29:46Virgilio Ranzati – Intermezzo From Op. ‘Rural Honor’ 29:58Vengopal Chari – Different Kind Of Motor Car Noises 31:44Edison Concert Band – The Auto Race 32:00Ada Jones And Len Spencer – Fishing 33:53Harry Lauder – I Love A Lassie 34:30Arthur Collins – The Preacher And The Bear 36:19Arthur Collins – The Goose-Bone Man 38:17Donna & Gladys Of Albina – Souvenir Record From The Lewis & Clark Exposition 38:38Edward M. Favor – Fol-De-Rol-Lol 38:54Len Spencer And Parke Hunter – The Professor And The Musical Tramp 40:44Billy Murray – Give My Regards To Broadway 41:20Billy Murray And Bob Roberts – I’ve Got A Little Money And I Saved It All For You 42:42Bohumir Kryl – King Carnival 43:35Unknown – Discorso Del Tenente Generale Galliano – A Makalle 45:29Garde Republicaine Orchestra, Clarinet Solo By Lefebvre – Fantaisie from Rigoletto 45:39Sofie Roeder – Mazurka 46:38G-N Marko Ivanov – Ne Plachi Maiko Ne Zhali 47:28Harmonies Orchestra Of V.S.Varshavsky – Kamarinskaya 48:08Nikolay Malsky – A Woman Vagabond At The Doctor’s 49:11Professor Barkatullah Khan – Indian Guitar Instrumental- Piloo 49:19Bangalore Nagaratnam – Nitya-Kalyani (Part III) Ragamalika 51:50Tiruvasanallur Narayanasami Iyer – Pallavi Sankarabharanam-Adhi Talam 54:19Pryor’s Orchestra – The Whistler And His Dog 54:50Unknown Performer(s) – Una Prova In Orchestra- Scena Comica 56:11Arthur Pryor’s Band – Razazza Mazzazza 57:14Herbert L. Clarke And John Hazel – The Friendly Rivals 59:08John Lawson’s Dramatic Company – Scene From Play ‘Humanity’ 1:00:36Rogers And Pryor – Misere From Il Trovatore 1:01:10Ada Jones And Len Spencer – Louis And Lena At Luna Park 1:02:27Ada Jones – My Carolina Lady 1:02:57Okofu From Logba – Five Proverbs, Drummed In The Twi Language 1:04:51Nellie Melba – Good-Bye 1:05:22Edgar L. Davenport – Lasca (Excerpt 2) 1:06:02
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 10 August 2018 22:35 (one year ago) link
oh wow! awesome
― Ross, Friday, 10 August 2018 22:45 (one year ago) link
rocking, keep on keepin' on
― Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Saturday, 11 August 2018 00:19 (one year ago) link
this is so cool!
have you already talked about how you go about finding this stuff? no need to divulge the secret sauce or anything, but i'm curious about how you go generally about it - whether you first identify potential tracks by reading about them and then trying to track them down, looking through old comps for tracks from a certain year, some goldmine blog out there with a bunch of this old music archived, etc. at any rate it's evident that it must take a ton of work, and the effort you put it into it really shines through.
― Karl Malone, Saturday, 11 August 2018 04:00 (one year ago) link
I probably did, but no harm in saying again. For the early years there are quite a few websites with cylinder and record archives. I put up a list of them here - https://centuriesofsound.wordpress.com/sources/sources-web/ As of 1905 I was still mainly using bits of python code to crawl these sites, download everything, then upload the folder of mp3s for that year to my phone, and spend a month listening and deleting until I'm down to 60 or so tracks. Then I leave the files in a folder for about a year until they come around in the cycle to editing, at which point I spend a week sorting and doing restoration work, then three weeks editing the mix in adobe audition.As I'm a year ahead with the listening phase I'm actually on 1917 now. When I was listening to I think 1910 I realised that the folder of mp3s was becoming completely unmanagable (there were over 2000 for the year) so I shifted to using a spreadsheet I made. This has top-ranked tracks from a few different sites like tsort, rym and acclaimed music, plus a number of other lists I found, and some curated compilations listed here - https://centuriesofsound.wordpress.com/sources/sources-cds/ - This means I only have about 300 tracks to listen to for 1917, which is much more managable. I plan to incorporate ilm lists when I get a bit further forward.It does take quite a bit of work, yeah, but it's something I enjoy doing.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 11 August 2018 10:22 (one year ago) link
1906: Bert Williams, Scott Joplin, the Victrola and some more things.
Herr Dr. Professor & George Donahue – Bringing In 1906 0:00Bert Williams – Nobody 0:18Ada Jones And Len Spencer – Bashful Henry And His Lovin’ Lucy 3:00United States Marine Band – Maple Leaf Rag 3:24Edison Minstrels – At The Minstrel Show no. 3 5:17Vess L. Ossman – Medley Little Bit Of Everything 5:57Prince’s Military Band – Destruction Of San Francisco 8:01General William Booth – Don’t Forget 9:36Edison Concert Band – Chopin’s Funeral March 9:54Orchestra Of The Republican Guard – Dawn With Torches 10:15Marianna Cherkasskaya, Nina Panina, Acc. Orchestra – Already The Evening Enfolds The Distant Fields 12:00Alexander Davydov – Hermann’s Appearance In The Countess’s Bedroom 13:22Mlle Korsoff – Il Bacio (Arditi) 15:24Richard Waldemar – Der Fensterputzer- 1. Teil 18:12Leo Tolstoy – Thoughts From The Book ‘for Every Day’ 18:50Selma Kurz, Acc. Orchestra – The Bird In The Forest 19:05Arthur Pryor’s Band – Carmen Selection 20:07Siegel-Myers School Of Music – Vocal Record F 22:40Bob Roberts – He’s A Cousin Of Mine 23:04Cal Stewart – Uncle Josh At The Roller Skating Rink 25:09Charles P. Lowe And The Columbia Symphony Orchestra – Medley Of Popular Airs 25:20Len Spencer & George W Johnson – The Merry Mail Man 26:31Edison Male Quartet – Stop That Knocking At The Door 27:44Harry Spencer – Sale Of Pawnbroker’s Goods 28:37Albert Muller (Xylophone) With Orchestra – Katie 28:55Ada Jones and Len Spencer – Mandy And Her Man 32:08Ada Jones – Waiting At The Church 32:20Two Unidentified Men – Black Wax Home Recording Of Two Unidentified Men Singing And Laughing 33:25Ebrahim, Royal Orchestra – Bidad (Homayun) 33:44Hopi Indians – Eagle Song 34:54Ajukutôk’ – Kayak-song 35:363 women and 3 men – Traditional song 36:00Patápio Silva – Primeiro Amor 36:08Vengopal Chari – Laughing 37:24Boris S. Troyanovsky – Mazurka No 4 37:35G.Marenich, A.Leverenko, Ryabtzov – Three Paths Across The Field 38:55John Taylor – Speed The Plow Reel 39:50Thomas A. Edison – The Liver Complaint Story 41:08Bohumir Kryl – Sing, Smile, Slumber 42:02Polish Band – Down The Petersky 43:43Dranem – Le Gardien Des Ruines 45:36Charlus – S’ils Parlaient 46:23Albert Benzler – Spoontime 47:44Len Spencer And Alfred Holt – Barnyard Serenade 48:45Helen Trix – The Bird On Nellies Hat 49:03Edison Concert Band – Old Heidelberg 50:16James C. Mcauliffe – The Minstrel Boy 52:20The Scots Guard Pipers – Sword Dance 53:23Mah Thane May – Yodaya Bwe Gyi 54:32Miss Gauhar Jan – Hindustani Female Song 56:08Professor N. M. Chuckerbutty Of Calcutta – Esraj Instrumental- Bahar Kawali 57:21Nebe-Quartett – O du fröhliche, o du selige Weihnachtszeit 58:41Nebe-Quartett – Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht 59:34Columbia Quartette – Steamboat Medley 1:00:29John J. Kimmel – American Cake Walk 1:00:46Billy Murray And The Edison Male Quartet – Lazy Moon 1:02:01Ossman Dudley Trio – St. Louis Tickle 1:03:47Columbia Band – An Arkansaw Husking Bee 1:05:57Edward Meeker And Joseph Belmont – Song Of The Nations 1:07:56Eugene C. Rose – La Traviata- concert Waltz 1:09:45Figure Five Orchestra – Lanciers From Miss Dolly Dollars 1:11:50G. H. Chirgwin – A Few Eccentric Gaglets 1:13:40Herbert Lincoln Clarke And Leo Zimmerman – Cousins 1:14:07National Military Band – The Girl In The Train 1:14:47Bert Williams – Pretty Desdamone 1:16:14Len Spencer – Meister’s Musical Masterpiece 1:18:55
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 6 September 2018 18:09 (eleven months ago) link
Bert William's "Nobody" - still hit material if you ask me.
― saddest kamancheh (bendy), Thursday, 6 September 2018 21:33 (eleven months ago) link
Agreed! Such a great song and such a unique performer. Been reading this book which is partially about him.https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Lost_Sounds.html?id=JvdRQ_mgynoC&source=kp_book_description&redir_esc=y
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 6 September 2018 22:39 (eleven months ago) link
i would like to read that book someday
― dyl, Friday, 7 September 2018 01:39 (eleven months ago) link
Just wanted to note that I have an actual real radio show on an actual real radio station now. Local radio, and monthly, but still the big time as far as I'm concerned. I roped in a friend to talk about the recordings rather than just play them - a less ideologically pure concept, but probably more palatable on a Saturday night, especially as we're going to be doing the first ever recordings and they are not really that listenable however you spin it.It's on Cambridge 105 at 8pm BST tomorrow (Saturday) - if anyone is interested you can stream it here - https://cambridge105.co.uk/
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 14 September 2018 20:06 (eleven months ago) link
My mate Rich has a show on there sometimes. I've been meaning to catch up with your project (time, time...) - will listen to the show.
― The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Friday, 14 September 2018 20:09 (eleven months ago) link
Finally finished 1907 - here it is! - https://centuriesofsound.wordpress.com/2018/10/04/1907/
Think this one is easily the best so far, 1906 was a bit of a lull but there was so much good stuff out there for this year, especailly if you're into any sort of Latin-American music.
Here's what we have
Enrico Caruso – Vesti La Giubba (I Pagliacci) 00:00Unknown – Sunderland Home Cylinder 33 02:17Vess L. Ossman – Maple Leaf Rag 02:23Orquesta De Enrique Peña – Los Guajiros De La Yaya 05:01Octavio Yáñez – Anita 06:27Ángel Villoldo – El Negro Alegre 08:34Orquesta De Pablo Valenzuela – Happy Hobbs 10:11Steve Porter – Flanagan’s Troubles In A Restaurant 12:14Edison Vaudeville Company – An Amateur Minstrel Rehearsal 14:25Billy Murray – I’d Rather Two-Step Than Waltz, Bill 14:52Peerless Trio – Three Rubes Seeing New York 15:56Ada Jones And Len Spencer – Burying The Hatchet 17:52Eddie Morton – That’s Gratitude 18:33Peerless Quartet – The New Parson At The Darktown Church 21:03Ada Jones And Billy Murray – Smile, Smile, Smile 21:34Albert Whelan – The Miser 23:51Arthur Pryor’s Band – The King Of Rags 24:14Yolande Noble And Percy Clifton – Buying The Christmas Dinner 25:54Zonophone Concert Band – The Smiler 26:22Carl Lüdicke – Der Musikalische Clown 28:18Edison-Orchester (Berlin) – Alarmierung Der Berliner Feuerwehr 29:57Gustav Schönwald And Fraulein Vincent – Am Telephon 30:17Steidl-Quartett – Katzenliebe 30:48Gustav Schönwald – Nachtliches Abenteuer Eines Studenten 31:53August Molinari – Street Piano Medley 32:41Gilbert Girard And Len Spencer – The Vagabonds (Roger And I) 34:49Antonio Scotti – Sortita D’amonasro 35:14Emma Calve – Habanera from Carmen 36:01Maria A. Mikhalova Acc. Boris S. Troyanovsky – Why Should I Live And Grieve Alone? 37:30Dmitry Bogemsky – The Tossing Of The Steamer 39:30Orchestra ‘Harmonia’, Conductor Vasily Varshavsky – Sighs 40:06P. A. Strakhov – The Departure Of A Train 40:56Chorus Of Terek And Kuban Cossacks Of The Guards Of The Governor Of His Imperial Majesty In Caucasus, Conductor Mikhail Kolotilin – Walking On Water 41:15Choir Of Makvaneti – Naduri 42:09Count Leo Tolstoy – Excerpt From ‘Guidelines For Everyday Living’ 43:46Choir Of Tbilisi – Metiuri 43:54Victor Orchestra – A Hunt In The Black Forest 44:43Mme Rollini – Ne M’ Chatouillez Pas 46:59Bérard – Chargez 48:32John J. Kimmel – Cakewalk 49:14Fréjol – C’ Que Tu M’as Fait 50:24Unknown – Sunderland Home Cylinder 18 51:41Vesta Victoria – It Ain’t All Honey And It Ain’t All Jam 52:10Edison Vaudeville Company – At The Village Post Office 53:19Florrie Forde – I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside 53:42Ada Jones – I’m In Love With The Slide Trombone 55:30Edith Helena – Cavalleria Rusticana. Intermezzo; Arr. 57:42Edison Venetian Trio – Sonoma 59:36Gramophone Orchestra, Conductor I. P. Arkadev – The Music Box 59:49Picolines Duet – Two Little Finches 1:00:43Arthur Pryor’s Band – The Lion Chase 1:01:35Banda De Policía – Álbum Recreativo Variacones De Saxofón Soprano 1:04:55Antonio Hidalgo – Un Meeting De Raza 1:06:48Martin Silveira – Nueva York 1:07:15Arturo De Nava – Décimas Del Sargento 1:08:31Uncredited Ensemble – Khaek Lopburi 1:09:42Albert Benzler – The Chapel In The Woods 1:11:11Alice Shaw & Her Twin Daughters – Spring-Tide Revels 1:12:10George Islon – Christmas Eve In The Old Homestead 1:12:57Billy Murray – So What’s The Use? 1:13:23Percy Clifton – Dick Whittington 1:16:27Edward M. Favor – Theodore 1:16:47Choir Of The Royal Court Opera With Orchestra And Church Bells, Acc. Harmonium, Bells – Silent Night, Holy Night 1:18:47
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 4 October 2018 17:52 (ten months ago) link
wonderful, thanks! i wish i had a million twitter followers so that i could share this with more people.
― Karl Malone, Thursday, 4 October 2018 18:01 (ten months ago) link
Thanks KM! So do I (but currently 999,786 short)
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 4 October 2018 22:12 (ten months ago) link
Just put up my mix for 1908
The mix, along with blog post about vaudeville, mp3 download, mp3 pack, mixcloud upload, is there.
This one was a bit of a nightmare to make as rotten horrible me-from-a-year- ago had left nearly 130 mp3s in the folder and cutting good stuff was like pulling out teeth, think it has turned out well but have been listening to it all way too long. It's a 50% original vaudeville & music hall mix, loads of catchy tunes and quite a bit of comedy which has dated pretty well - better than anything I'd encountered previously.
I have had "Cohan's Pet Names" in my head for about a year and have been writing alternative lines for it, like "Don't call me darling, dear, because it rhymes with Carling beer, and that's a drink for twats in wetherspoons" - now I can finally share this affliction with the world.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 5 November 2018 22:08 (nine months ago) link
Also! My Cambridge 105 shows are now up on Mixcloud - I'm posting them with this tag - https://centuriesofsound.wordpress.com/tag/cambridge-105-shows/ - and the third episode is going out this Saturday at 8pm.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 6 November 2018 09:54 (nine months ago) link
1909 do do do do do do 1909 do do do do do do 1909
Listen, download, do a few other things here - https://centuriesofsound.wordpress.com/2018/12/03/1909/
Artists include George Formby Sr, Enrico Caruso, Polk Miller, Fred Van Eps, The Fisk University Jubilee Quartet, Eddie Morton, Bohumir Kryl, Billy Murray and Harry Lauder.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 3 December 2018 22:40 (eight months ago) link
Posting today's Cambridge 105 radio show because it's the first one I really feel happy with - we talk about the music and events of 1892 and 1893, and there is a surprising amount of sex and violence involved.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 8 December 2018 21:22 (eight months ago) link
This month is very much not "pre-jazz-era recorded music" - it's my 2017 mix, finished a year late, at the time when people are perhaps least interested in reliving 2017.
MP3 pack not available this time for obvious reasons, mp3 is on mediafire because too big for libsyn, no blog post because I really couldn't work out what that should be, aside from that though...
All is here - https://centuriesofsound.wordpress.com/2019/01/07/2017/
Godspeed You Black Emperor! – Undoing a Luciferian Towers 0:00:00Charlotte Gainsbourg – Deadly Valentine (Soulwax Remix) 0:01:16Jeff Beal – House of Cards S05E03 Closing Titles 0:04:00Danny Brown – Ain’t it Funny 0:05:27Zimpel-Ziolek – Wrens 0:06:28Superorganism – Something for Your M.I.N.D. 0:09:08Big Shaq – Man’s Not Hot 0:10:57Todd Terje – Jungelknugen (Four Tet Remix) 0:13:15Kendrick Lamar – FEEL. 0:15:31Blanck Mass – Hive Mind 0:18:57Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet – Lila Bambo 0:21:50The Horrors – Something To Remember Me By 0:25:13Self Esteem – Your Wife 0:27:16Roger Robinson – Welcome to Dog Heart City 0:29:11Caroline Spence – Softball 0:31:16Leif – July V 0:34:20Cardi B – Bodak Yellow 0:37:49Avelino (feat. Stormzy & Skepta) – Energy 0:39:05Orbital – Copenhagen 0:40:26Strobes – OK Please 0:42:25Tom Zanetti featuring Sadie Ama – You Want Me 0:44:20Justin Adams ft. Anneli Drecker – Wassoulou 0:45:34Denzel Curry, Lil Ugly Mane – Zeltron 6 Billion 0:47:18CCFX – The One to Wait 0:48:50Kero Kero Bonito – Rock & Roll Star 0:52:20Yaeji – Raingurl 0:55:15Nite Jewel – 2 Good 2 Be True 0:58:01Colin Stetson – Spindrift 0:59:48Vince Staples – Crabs in a Bucket 1:01:40Tove Lo – Disco Tits 1:03:32Special Request – Stairfoot Lane Bunker (Minor Science Remix) 1:05:22Baxter Dury – Porcelain 1:08:03Antwood – Disable Ad Blocker / Sublingual 1:09:30Chino Amobi – Eigengrau (Children of Hell II) 1:11:06Hammock – When The Body Breaks 1:12:17James Holden & The Animal Spirits – Thunder Moon Gathering 1:14:22The Jungle Giants – Bad Dream 1:16:31Rose Elinor Dougall – Stellular 1:18:08Grace Mitchell – Now 1:20:15Lindstrøm – Tensions 1:21:30The Seven Fields of Aphelion – Drift (Losing Light) 1:22:57Young Fathers – Only God Knows 1:23:30Bjork – Arisen My Senses 1:25:53clipping. – The Deep 1:28:23Kelly Lee Owens – Anxi 1:30:22Photay – Off-Piste 1:32:22Lost Souls of Saturn vs. Mashrou’ Leila – Bint El Khandaq 1:34:43Alessandro Cortini – Vincere 1:36:36Nilüfer Yanya – Baby Luv 1:39:07Kesha ft. The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman 1:41:42KIASMOS – Blurred 1:44:03Oliver – Chemicals (feat. MNDR) 1:46:27Lingua Ignota – Woe to All (On the Day of My Wrath) 1:48:09Jlin – Kyanite 1:49:32Migos – T-Shirt 1:51:16Ghostpoet – Freakshow 1:53:44Meridian Brothers – Yo Soy Tu Padre, Yo Te Fabrique 1:55:33Lanark Artefax – Touch Absence 1:57:49Aldous Harding – Imagining My Man 2:01:06Moses Sumney – Doomed 2:04:11Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Who I Am And Why I Am Where I Am 2:05:59Lorde – Green Light 2:07:49Visible Cloaks – Screen 2:10:18Ibibio Sound Machine – Give Me a Reason 2:11:45Mondo Grosso – Labyrinth 2:13:50Bing & Ruth – Starwood Choker 2:15:55Brian Eno & Kevin Shields – Only Once Away My Son 2:17:53Rapsody feat. Lance Skiiiwalker – Power 2:20:00Susanne Sundf›r – The Sound of War 2:23:13SZA – Supermodel 2:25:57Sinkane – U’Huh 2:27:55Bicep – Glue 2:29:46Leif Vollebekk – Elegy 2:33:36Tornado Wallace – Voices 2:36:45Ryuichi Sakamoto – Life, Life 2:39:27Pippa Murphy – Small Consolation 2:40:35
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 7 January 2019 21:35 (seven months ago) link
Back to the past, here's 1910.
This was quite a beast to make, probably the most intensive so far as I was using scripts to trawl various cylinder / 78rpm archives and ended up with over 3000 tracks to whittle down. After this point I'm largely relying on compilations and other people's lists, which may mean a few less leftfield choices, but there was no other choice.
Blog post with photos, mixcloud, download link, full tracklisting is here - https://centuriesofsound.wordpress.com/2019/02/07/1910/ - No more mp3 pack as I was beginning to get referrals from some automated bot run buy a copyright lawyer, and while I consider all of this to be well out of copyright apparently it's a little more complicated than that. Artists this time include Enrico Caruso, Billy Murray, Agustín Barrios, Bert Williams, Arthur Collins, Fisk University Jubilee Quartet, Sophie Tucker, Irving Berlin, Vess L. Ossman, Ernest Shackleton and Nellie Melba
Other new things - I've spruced up the home page with a snazzy index - https://centuriesofsound.com - and have started a Patreon, to try to claw back a little of the money I spend on the project (and try to justify spending all my time on it to my family!) Making this Patreon (and not using a picture he sent) has apparently pissed off my sole contributor, a person who runs a minor record label in the UK, he said "so you didnt use my picture. I decided to do my own yearly music project now and i wont be charging people for it." so look out for that, I guess, but just to be clear the mix is still free to download and without any adverts, and will stay that way.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 8 February 2019 17:25 (six months ago) link
Slightly (well, nearly half an hour) shorter mix this time, as the driftnet era draws to a close - this means more pop! hits and less unlabelled home-made cylinders, which is a shame on one hand, but a massive relief on the other.
This one features Al Jolson, Sophie Tucker, Gene Greene, Enrico Caruso, Fred Van Eps, and the first recording of Alexander's Ragtime Band.
Full track listing, download, all that sort of thing, to be found here - https://centuriesofsound.com/2019/03/08/1911/
The radio show (which is discussion + music rather than just the recordings) is up to the end of the 19th Century now - this can be found here - https://centuriesofsound.com/tag/cambridge-105-shows/ or with everything else on my mixcloud here - https://www.mixcloud.com/centuries_of_sound/ - oh and the patreon, let's not forget that - https://www.patreon.com/centuriesofsound.
Any help publicising / useful advice still gratefully received!
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 8 March 2019 10:00 (five months ago) link
70 minutes of music and speech, all from 1912, available to download / stream, etc. through the link, and some notes on Edison's diamond disc and how it relates to poptimism, yes really.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 4 April 2019 20:24 (four months ago) link
― Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 4 April 2019 21:45 (four months ago) link
The Boston Public Library 78rpm Collection:http://www.metafilter.com/180215/The%2DBoston%2DPublic%2DLibrary%2D78rpm%2DCollection
― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 4 April 2019 22:21 (four months ago) link
way behind on the centuries of sound things, but the ones i've checked out have been amazing. great work.
― tylerw, Thursday, 4 April 2019 22:26 (four months ago) link
Thanks for kind words, Tracer Hand & tylerw!
The Boston Public Library 78rpm Collection:http://www.metafilter.com/180215/The%2DBoston%2DPublic%2DLibrary%2D78rpm%2DCollection― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, April 4, 2019 11:21 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, April 4, 2019 11:21 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
Yes, have seen that, but the days of sorting through every mp3 available are now unavoidably behind me - 3000 tracks was the limit I couldn't really get past in a month - if someone wants to pick out some gens from there then please do! Otherwise it is another useful source for records I hear about elsewhere, so
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 5 April 2019 08:54 (four months ago) link
I put up a new version of the first mix, previously called "1859-1860" but now called "1853-1860"This is because* Loads of new phonoautograms have emerged* The blog post was inadequate and I hadn't figured out the formatting* It is the most viewed page on the site and was the worst page on the site
Here's the new one: https://centuriesofsound.com/2019/04/17/1853-1860/
Also, I have been nominated for this thing
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 17 April 2019 12:32 (four months ago) link
cool, i didn't know there were more phonoautograms!
― Jaki Liebowitz (rushomancy), Wednesday, 17 April 2019 13:14 (four months ago) link
Congrats on the nomination!A (proof)reader’s note: There are two instances in the article where it says “1960” where 1860 is meant.
― breastcrawl, Wednesday, 17 April 2019 15:51 (four months ago) link
Thanks on both counts, fixed now.
I'm at home ill today and apparently have a fever, so not surprised there are typos, probably shouldn't be writing it now.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 17 April 2019 15:57 (four months ago) link
1913 is here and it is hot! as in hot! dancehall! ragtime!
All listening options and blog post under the link.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 9 May 2019 19:56 (three months ago) link
"Too Much Mustard" is a delightfully cautious title for trying out this ragtime abandon.
― bendy, Monday, 13 May 2019 17:23 (three months ago) link
1914 features a bit of war, a lot more hot dance ragtime, some other things of interest.
All the usual stuff is under this link - https://centuriesofsound.com/2019/06/06/1914/
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 6 June 2019 21:29 (two months ago) link
thank you for this !
as always i really appreciate the curation, the paragraphs providing commentary and contexts, the whole thing is just so good
― budo jeru, Thursday, 6 June 2019 21:49 (two months ago) link
Thanks, budo jeru.
I'm listening to 1926 right now and am really looking forward to getting onto this era, the increase in quality in a decade is astounding.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 7 June 2019 08:49 (two months ago) link
This one is odd, understandably there's been a huge downturn in music production, and this sort of novelty pop version (with sound effects!) of hot ragtime has come in to fill the void, so a really different mix, not the best one probably, but certainly nothing like either 1910 or 1920.
Probably a good job this isn't a one I want to promote particularly as this is the crazy time of the year for me at work, and I have to apply for my wife's residence extension, what spare time I have is spent making the things. 1917 will be big, of course.
Anyway, stream and download are here - https://centuriesofsound.com/2019/07/04/1915/ - patreon for bonus gubbins now.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 4 July 2019 21:18 (one month ago) link
Hey not a regular poster round these parts but just wanted to say on behalf of lurkers everywhere that this whole project is simply fantastic work and it's just as interesting to read about/listen to the "off" years as anything else, please keep the good stuff coming :)
― Windsor Davies, Thursday, 4 July 2019 22:54 (one month ago) link
― tobo73, Friday, 5 July 2019 06:31 (one month ago) link
Reading this at the moment, may be of interest to you. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51rnr9i4%2BDL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg Looking forward to the 1917 mix more than before with jazz arriving on the scene.
― Dan Worsley, Friday, 5 July 2019 07:26 (one month ago) link
Ha, maybe needed a carriage return or two.
Thanks Windsor Davies (not THE Windor Davies, surely), I don't want to ever complain about doing this as it's a labour of love, but it is quite a bit of labour at the moment due to these work and family commitments, also the articles and interviews seem to have dried up now, not sure if it's because it's been covered already or people are waiting for the good stuff, but guess it's sort of the right time for a lull, will be going into the jazz age in September, which is luckily the time work gets less intensive.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 5 July 2019 09:42 (one month ago) link
These are the seven weeks of the year when my fairly leisurely job becomes a 60-plus-hours-per-week nightmare, so have had little time for this, however, thought I would share this on here:
I have put the spreadsheet I operate from on Google Docs for anyone to edit / add stuff. It's here, instructions on the first tab, other tabs for each year, I am working on 1928 right now, so this weekend is probably the last chance to change that one.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 27 July 2019 17:13 (three weeks ago) link
I'm sure you are well along into your 1917 mix, but "Groung (The Crane)" by Zabelle Panosian has become held me rapt since discovering it a few years ago:
― bendy, Friday, 2 August 2019 16:17 (three weeks ago) link
Yes, obsessed with that CD! And will be featuring two tracks when I get there (just finishing off 1916 right now)
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 2 August 2019 16:44 (three weeks ago) link
― bendy, Saturday, 3 August 2019 17:24 (two weeks ago) link
Only taken me two years to read this thread but wow, what an amazing project. Absolutely fascinating stuff. (I feel like the sleeping guy Colbert mentions at the beginning of your 2017 mix!).
― Ned Trifle X, Monday, 5 August 2019 08:38 (two weeks ago) link
Thanks NedX!Here is 1916! A really quite important and exciting year it seems, half of the mix is so close to jazz you can taste it, and it builds up towards the end, so if you check out nothing else (don't advise this) please take note of last 5 mins or so.https://centuriesofsound.com/2019/08/08/1916/I am utterly shattered from my work which is much much more intense in the summer, so not sure how I managed to get this one together but wow do I need some sleep, may be a slightly feverish tone to the blog post for this reason.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 8 August 2019 22:14 (two weeks ago) link
Reading this at the moment, may be of interest to you. Looking forward to the 1917 mix more than before with jazz arriving on the scene.― Dan Worsley, Friday, July 5, 2019 8:26 AM (one month ago) bookmarkflaglink
― Dan Worsley, Friday, July 5, 2019 8:26 AM (one month ago) bookmarkflaglink
Got this now thanks, and eager to read in the few weeks off I now have, looks excellent.
Might have to start a new thread next month as we will actually be in the jazz age, any suggestions for a name?
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 10 August 2019 20:40 (one week ago) link