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 (one month ago) Permalink
An inspired project indeed!
― Ned Raggett, Monday, 3 July 2017 21:01 (one month ago) Permalink
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 (one month ago) Permalink
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 (one month ago) Permalink
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 (one month ago) Permalink
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 (one month ago) Permalink
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 (one month ago) Permalink
Oh wow, I'll be looking into this for sure.
― No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Tuesday, 4 July 2017 22:32 (one month ago) Permalink
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 (one month ago) Permalink
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 (one month ago) Permalink
Fantastic project, Camaraderie, will be following this closely!
― Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 5 July 2017 09:15 (one month ago) Permalink
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 (one month ago) Permalink
this is great stuff, i think i mentioned on the dj mix thread
― Shat Parp (dog latin), Wednesday, 5 July 2017 10:38 (one month ago) Permalink
this is awesome!
― niels, Friday, 7 July 2017 10:35 (one month ago) Permalink
And the attention ramps up
― Ned Raggett, Friday, 7 July 2017 16:50 (one month ago) Permalink
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 (one month ago) Permalink
great project, excited to follow along ...
― tylerw, Friday, 7 July 2017 17:31 (one month ago) Permalink
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
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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 (one month ago) Permalink
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 weeks ago) Permalink