Centuries of Sound - pre-jazz-era recorded music

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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 year ago) Permalink

An inspired project indeed!

Ned Raggett, Monday, 3 July 2017 21:01 (one year 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 year 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 year 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 year 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 year 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 year ago) Permalink

Oh wow, I'll be looking into this for sure.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Tuesday, 4 July 2017 22:32 (one year 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 year 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 year ago) Permalink

Fantastic project, Camaraderie, will be following this closely!

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 5 July 2017 09:15 (one year 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 year 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 year ago) Permalink

this is awesome!

niels, Friday, 7 July 2017 10:35 (one year ago) Permalink

And the attention ramps up


Ned Raggett, Friday, 7 July 2017 16:50 (one year ago) Permalink

great project, excited to follow along ...

tylerw, Friday, 7 July 2017 17:31 (one year ago) Permalink

And the attention ramps up


― 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 (one year ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

New entry up - 1893


Unique Quartette – Mamma’s Black Baby Boy
Louis Vasnier – Adam And Eve And De Winter Apple (Excerpt)
23rd Regiment Band Of New York – A.O.O.S. March
John York Atlee – Anvil Chorus
George J. Gaskin – After The Ball
Issler’s Orchestra – On The Midway
Ada Jones – Sweet Marie
Unknown – Brown Wax Home Recording Of Speech In Afrikaans
Sergei Taneyev And Leo Conus – Leo Conus- Suite For Piano Four-Hands
Russell Hunting – Casey At The Bat
United States Marine Band – The Kiss Waltz
Arthur Houston – Flute Solo
Edward M. Favor – The Commodore Song
George H. Diamond – When Summer Comes Again
John 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 (one year ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

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 Part
Issler’s Orchestra – Electric Light Quadrille
Edward M. Favor – Daisy Bell
James Mooney – Arapaho No. 73. Ghost Dance
Unknown – Personal Message from a Grandfather to his Grandchildren (excerpt 1)
Standard Quartet – Keep Movin’
Harvard Clock Tower – Chimes
Unknown – Personal Message from a Grandfather to his Grandchildren (excerpt 2)
Jules Conus – Chopin-Sarasate- Nocturne In E-Flat, Op. 9, No. 2
Anton Arensky – Le Ruisseau Dans La Forêt In G, No. 15 From 24 Morceaux Charactéristiques, Op. 36
Lavrentii Donskoi – Rubinstein- O Pechal I Toska From Nero
Vladimir Wilschaw – Godard- En Courant In G-Flat, No. 1 From 6 Morceaux, Op. 53
Joseph Sawyer – Birthday Speech, October 22 1894
Anton Arensky, Jan Hrímalý And Anatoly Brandukov – Arensky- Piano Trio No. 1 In D Minor, Op. 32- Second Movement – Scherzo- Allegro Molto
Maria Ivanovna Gutheil – Rubinstein- Sail
Russell Hunting – The Old Man And Jim
Jules Levy – The Last Rose Of Summer
John MacColl – Campbells Are Coming
Brilliant Quartette – Blind Tom
James Mooney – Caddo No. 2. Ghost Dance
Dan Kelly – Paddy’s Wedding
Sousa’s Band – The Crack Regiment
U.S. Marine Band – The Enthusiast Polka
23rd Regiment Band – New York Herald
U.S. Marine Band – The Directorate March
Charles Asbury – Haul The Woodpile Down
Bison 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) Permalink

i would for certain

bob lefse (rushomancy), Monday, 4 September 2017 20:52 (one year ago) Permalink

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) Permalink

^^ 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) Permalink

Follow the Mediafire link, Le Bateau Ivre.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 5 September 2017 09:38 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

1895 is here.


Mixcloud / mp3 download / unmixed mp3 pack are all at the bottom of the blog post


Vess L. Ossman – Cocoanut Dance
Russell Hunting – Casey As A Hotel Clerk
Baldwin’s Cadet Band Of Boston – The Liberty Bell
Edward M Favor – My Best Gal’s A New Yorker
Oriole Quartette – Brother Michael, Won’t You Hand Down That Rope
Sousa’s Band – Yazoo Dance
Issler’s Orchestra – Dixie
Aristide Bruant – Le Chat Noir
Holding’s Military Band – Overture Semiramide
Dan W. Quinn – Streets Of Cairo
Charles P. Lowe – Carnival Of Venice
Jean Moeremans – Carnival Of Venice
Unique Quartet – Who Broke The Lock?
Dickson – Dickson Experimental Sound Film
Leo 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. 14
Paul Pabst – Tchaikovsky-Pabst- Paraphrase On Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66
Eugene Danton – Vive La Canadienne
David B. Dana – Evening Star
Baldwin’s Cadet Band Of Boston – Overture, Poet And Peasant
George W. Johnson – Listen To The Mocking Bird
Arthur B. Adamini – Caramba
Foh’s 23rd Regiment Band Of New York – The Melon Patch Schottische
George J. Gaskin – Sidewalks Of New York
Miss Alice Raymond – Love Me Little Love Me Long
Holding’s Military Band – Overture Semiramide
Issler’s Orchestra – Kentucky Jubilee Singers
Dan W. Quinn – Married Life
Sousa’s Band – Stars And Stripes Forever

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 2 October 2017 07:02 (one year ago) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

oh, and this is good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JFPzJaG2pg

bob lefse (rushomancy), Sunday, 8 October 2017 20:54 (one year ago) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

two weeks pass...

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 Cabin
George W. Johnson – The Laughing Song
William McKinlley – Speech to Republican Convention
Vess L. Ossman – The Stars and Stripes Forever
George Graham – Talk on Money
Columbia Orchestra – Virginia Skedaddle
W.O. Beckenbaugh – Sale of Toys, Dolls and So Forth on Christmas Eve Night
Steve Clemens – Darkys Patrol
Cal Stewart – Uncle Josh’s Trip to Coney Island (Excerpt 1)
Brand’s Concert Band – Chimes of Normandy
Cal Stewart – Uncle Josh’s Trip to Coney Island (Excerpt 2)
Empire State Concert Band – Belle of New York March
Bill Nye – On Tripe
William Paris Chambers – The Seraph
Josef Hofmann – Wagner-Brassin- Magic Fire Music From Die Walküre
John Terrell – a Few Words in Regard to Drinking
Gilmore’s Band – Grand March From Tannhauser
Russell Hunting – Casey at the Telephone (Excerpt 1)
Dan W. Quinn – Still His Whiskers Grew
Russell Hunting – Casey at the Telephone (Excerpt 2)
Edison Concert Band – Ouverture to ‘Der Tambour Der Garde’
Russell Hunting – I Wonder Why
United States Marine Band – the Directorate March
Len Spencer – Sale of Pawnbroker’s Goods (‘by Harry Spencer’)
Peerless Orchestra – Yankee Doodle Dandy Lancers
Sousa’s Band – The Darkie’s Temptation
George Graham – Street Fakir
Dorothy 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) Permalink

four weeks pass...

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/

Tracks =

Students at Cornell University – New Years Day Party
Sousa’s Band (Trombone – Arthur Pryor) – Blue Bells of Scotland
Believed to Be Russell Hunting – Did He Charge Too Much
Vess L. Ossman – Old Folks at Home
Harry Heath – Speech With Church Chimes
Al Sweet – L’elegante [Élégante Polka]
Cal Stewart – Uncle Josh on a Bicycle
Edison Brass Quartet – Come Where Lilies Bloom
‘Willy Fathand of New York City’ [Believed to Be Russell Hunting] – Sim Hadley on a Racket
Edison Concert Band – El Capitan March
‘Manly Tempest’ [Unknown Performer, Possibly Russell Hunting] – the Rascal Detector
The Columbia Orchestra – Sea Flower Polka
Len Spencer & Vess Ossman – Hot Time in the Old Town
N. R. Wood – Morning on the Farm
Edison Male Quartette – Annie Laurie
Drum Corps – Spirit of ’76
Garde Republicaine – Marche Des Petit Pierot
‘Charley Smith of Kankakee’ [Believed to Be Russell Hunting] – Out of Order
Fraulein Vioni Eidner – Der Vogelhandler, Act I- Die Nachtigall
Robert Green Ingersroll – On Hope
Cousins & De Moss – Poor Mourner
Harry Heath – Speech
Arthur Pryor – the Palms
Frank S. Mazziotta – Sleighride
‘Manly Tempest’ [Unknown Performer, Possibly Russell Hunting] – Gimlet’s Soliloquy
George Schweinfest – Bob White Polka
Russell Hunting – Casey’s Political Speech
Peerless Orchestra – My Babe From Boston
‘Charley Smith of New York City’ [Believed to Be Russell Hunting] – Reilly as a Policeman
George J Gaskin – Best in the House is None Too Good for Reilly
Charles P. Lowe – Leonora Waltz
The Columbia Orchestra – I Thought I Was a Winner, Or, I Don’t Know, You Ain’t So Warm
Billy Golden – Listen to the Mocking Bird
Thompson River Indians – Dance Song of Thompson River Indians
Joseph Norrito – Original Schottische
Sousa’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) Permalink

one month passes...

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 – 00:00
Vess L. Ossman – Bunch of Rags – 00:08
Garrett A. Hobart – Words Of Welcome – 02:32
Arthur Collins – Zizzy Ze Zum Zum – 02:44
Harry Spencer – Side Show Shouter – 03:28
Edison Brass Quartet – At A Georgia Camp Meeting – 04:05
Dan W Quinn – At A Georgia Camp Meeting – 04:42
Gilmore’s Band – At A Georgia Camp Meeting – 05:35
William Jennings Bryan – Crown Of Thorns And Cross Of Gold – 06:45
George Rosey’s Orchestra Of New York City – Cotillion March – 07:01
Cal Stewart – Uncle Josh On A Street Car – 08:05
Sousa’s Band – Love Thoughts Waltz (Trombone – Arthur Pryor) – 08:49
Buffalo Bill – Sentiment On The Cuban Question – 12:02
Columbia Orchestra – Charge Of Roosevelt’s Rough Riders – 12:21
Cal Stewart – Uncle Josh Comments On The Spanish Question – 14:39
Edison Concert Band – Medley Of War Songs – 15:09
Chief trumpeter Cassi of Roosevelt’s Rough Riders – Bugle Calls – 17:24
Otto Mesloh – Tyrolienne – 18:07
Russell Hunting – Casey As Umpire At A Ball Game – 19:28
Columbia Orchestra – The Darkey’s Dream – 19:44
Ruby Brooks – The Darkies Dream (Banjo Solo) – 21:12
T. De Witt Talmage – Sermon On The Mount – 22:21
Frank C. Stanley – A Hundred Fathoms Deep – 22:36
W. F. Hooley – Ingersoll At The Tomb Of Napoleon – 24:40
F. Jardella – Spaghetti Polka – 24:55
Dr. B. Sunderland – Lord’s Prayer – 26:45
Jennie Hoyle – Musin Mazurka – 27:03
Unknown Performer, Possibly Russell Hunting – The Whores’ Union – 28:29
Joseph Pizzarello – Nocturne – 28:55
Sandra Droucker – Etude In F-Sharp – 30:58
Edison Symphony Orchestra – Donau Weibschen Waltz – 32:20
W. F. Hooley – Talmage On ‘Infidelity’ – 34:38
Sousa’s Grand Concert Band – The Jolly Coppersmith – 34:52
Frank S. Maziotta – Old Folks At Home – 37:27
August P.Stengler – Old Folks At Home – 39:09
John Terrell – Casey’s Address To The G.A.R. – 41:05
Otto Mesloh – Tyrolienne – 41:46
Cousins & Demoss – Who Broke The Lock – 43:08
Vess L. Ossman – Pretty Little Queen – 45:20
The Greater New York Quartette – The Sleigh Ride Party – 47:50

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:58 (one year ago) Permalink

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) Permalink

this rules

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:06 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah really

FREEZE! FYI! (dog latin), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:19 (one year ago) Permalink


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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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 Permalink

hell yeah

budo jeru, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 22:08 (one year ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

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) 0:00
Arthur Collins – Hello, Ma Baby! 0:58
Len Spencer – Promotional Message On The Edison Phonograph (Extract 2) 3:26
Vess L. Ossman – Little Bit Of Everything 4:33
S. H. Dudley & Arthur Collins – Three Minutes With The Minstrels (Extract) 7:00
Edison Concert Band – Second Connecticut March 7:24
Cal Stewart – Uncle Josh And The Lightning Rod Agent 8:53
Jean Moeremans And Jacques L. Van Poucke – Polka Variata 10:20
B. Russell Throckmorton – The White Man’s Burden (Kipling) (Extract 1) 11.51
Anton Arensky – Arensky- An Der Quelle In A, Op. 46, No. 1 12.16
B. Russell Throckmorton – The White Man’s Burden (Kipling) (Extract 2) 13:00
Columbia Orchestra – The Lime-Kiln Club 13:46
Edison Minstrels – Minstrel Potpourri (Extract 1) 16:27
Edison Quartette – Sunshine Will Come Again 16:39
Edison Minstrels – Minstrel Potpourri (Extract 2) 18:56
Will F. Denny – You Can’t Think Of Everything 19:11
Billy Golden – Rabbit Hash (Extract) 20:08
A. L. Sweet – Arbucklenian Polka 20:16
Imperial Minstrels – Upon The Golden Shore (Extract) 21:39
Columbia Drum, Fife and Bugle Corps – the Girl I Left Behind Me 21:54
Peerless Orchestra – Admiral Dewey’s Arrival In New York 22:47
Orchestra – The Mosquito Parade 23:49
Cal Stewart – Uncle Josh At A Baseball Game 25:43
James C. Mcauliffe – Mrs. Mccloud’s Reel 26:14
Peerless Orchestra – Ma Ragtime Baby 27:39
Len Spencer – Auction Sale-Household Goods (Extract 1) 29:44
Unidentified Barrel Organist – Street Piano Number Two 30:29
Len Spencer – Auction Sale-Household Goods (Extract 2) 31:55
Dan W Quinn – Glorious Beer 32:32
Len Spencer – Auction Sale-Household Goods (Extract 3) 33:34
W. C. Townsend – The Pixies 33:54
William Jefferson (Len Spencer) – Cinderella (Extract 1) 35:43
Albert Benzler – Tell Me With Your Eyes Medley 36:25
William Jefferson (Len Spencer) – Cinderella (Extract 2) 37:23
Jacques L. Van Poucke – Fantaisie Variée 38:02
William Jefferson (Len Spencer) – Cinderella (Extract 3) 39:18
Joseph P. Cullen And William G. Collins – Twin Star March 40:11
Sig. Adamini – Los Ojos Negros 41:26
Vess L. Ossman – Whistling Rufus 44:24
Peerless Orchestra. – Whistling Rufus 46:58
Roger Harding & Steve Porter – The Imperial Minstrels (Extract 1) 49:24
Joseph P. Cullen And William G. Collins – Twin Star March 49:38
May Kelso – Because 50:52
Roger Harding & Steve Porter – The Imperial Minstrels (Extract 2) 52:36
Jean Moeremans – The Little Speranza 52:53
George P. Watson – Snyder, Does Your Mother Know You’re Out? 54:27
Orchestre Boldi – L’amour Et La Vie À Vienne 56:48
Unidentified Chimes – Home, Sweet Home 59:35

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 09:09 (one year ago) Permalink

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 Permalink

hell yeah

― 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) Permalink

Mixcloud won't let me play this latest mix, as apparently it violates US terms for streaming mixes:

US Rules:

  • Maximum 4 tracks by an artist (and max 3 consecutively)
​-* Maximum 3 tracks from an album (and max 2 consecutively)
  • Maximum 3 listens to a show during any 2 week period
The estate of Len Spencer escapes exploitative piracy one again! Arrgh.

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 17:58 (one year ago) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

three weeks pass...

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/

Tracks are

Emperor Franz Joseph – Oldest Magnetic Recording On Poulsen 0:00
Edison Concert Band – Champaign Gallop 0:09
Film Soundtrack – Cyrano de Bergerac 2:11
Edison Grand Concert Band – Mr. Thomas Cat 2:36
Arthur W Haddon – Brown Wax Home Recording Of Talking 4:41
Vess L Ossman – A Coon Band Contest 5:03
Sousa’s Band – A Coon Band Contest 7:18
American Quartet – A Night Trip To Buffalo (Excerpt 1) 9:05
Arthur Collins – The Mick Who Threw The Brick 9:26
American Quartet – A Night Trip To Buffalo (Excerpt 2) 10:31
Charles P. Lowe – Brilliant Gallop 11.08
Len Spencer & George Schweinfest – The Arkansaw Traveler (Excerpt 1) 13:15
Will F. Denny – Doing His Duty-Ooty 13:27
Len Spencer & George Schweinfest – The Arkansaw Traveler (Excerpt 2) 15:41
George Schweinfest – Robin Adair 15:54
Len Spencer & George Schweinfest – The Arkansaw Traveler (Excerpt 3) 17:12
Charles D’ Almaine – Polish National Dance 17:28
Aumonier – Le Cor 19:36
Paul Daraux – Les Myrtes Sont Fletries 22:01
Choir with Alessandro Moreschi – Tui Sunt Coeli 23:26
William Jennings Bryan – Imperialism Speech (Excerpt) 25:48
Peter Dawson – The Miner’s Dream Of Home 26:10
Cal Stewart – Uncle Josh In A Chinese Laundry 29:54
Oppakekepei – Kawakami Noburo Isao 31:04
Siam Theater Ensemble (Berlin) – Kham Hom 32:30
Harry Spencer – The Absent-Minded Beggar (Kipling) 34:22
Edison Male Quartet – Vesper Service 35:30
William F. Hooley – A Record For The Children 36:38
Arthur Collins – Mandy Lee 37:18
Frank Kennedy – Schultz At The Paris Exposition 40:51
Peerless Orchestra – Hail To The Spirit Of Liberty 41:26
Wilson Gabo, Cora Gabo And Unidentified Accompanists – Brown Wax Home Recording Of Harmonica Solo Talking 43:40
Vess L Ossman – The Old Folks At Home 45:04
Performer 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) Permalink

four weeks pass...

1901 - big upswing in listenability after a bit of a fallow one last year. Starting to get some Russian recordings here - would suggest listening to these even if you aren't into a whole hour of 1901, think I will be making a compilation of them to share eventually. Also two recordings from Bert Williams, who is an all-time-great AFAIC.

The mix is here - https://centuriesofsound.wordpress.com/2018/04/02/1901/ along with download, mp3 pack, blog entry, all the rest.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 2 April 2018 11:46 (one year ago) Permalink

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 Permalink

hell yeah

― 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, February 6, 2018 10:50 PM (two months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Anyone still up for this? There wasn't much enthusiasm on the polls thread.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 6 April 2018 23:31 (one year ago) Permalink

i say do it, i've got basically nothing to say about it but it's worth a shot!

ziggy the ginhead (rushomancy), Saturday, 7 April 2018 01:35 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Good morning all. First Monday of the month and as usual here's a new mix - now we're up to...


Full mix / blogpost / download / mp3 pack etc to be found here - https://centuriesofsound.wordpress.com/2018/05/07/1902/


Charles D’ Almaine – Down At Finnegan’s Jamboree (Excerpt 1) 0:00
Sousa’s Band – Trombone Sneeze 0:10
Campbell & Roberts – An Interrupted Courtship On The Elevated Railway 2:13
Arthur Collins & Byron G. Harlan – I’m A-Dreaming Of You 2:35
Collins & Harlan – Two Rubes In A Tavern 4:35
Bohumir Kryl – Carnival Of Venice 5:03
Charles P. Lowe – Carnival Of Venice 6:57
Len Spencer And Gilbert Girard – Daybreak At Calamity Farm 8:44
Edison Military Band – Lizard And The Frog 9:11
International Phonographic Language School – Spanish Lesson #9 11:12
Vess L. Ossman – Darkies Awakening 11:30
Charles D’ Almaine – Down At Finnegan’s Jamboree (Excerpt 2) 13:42
Billy Murray – Under The Anheuser-Bush 14:58
Len Spencer – 23rd Psalm 16:46
Choir Of A. A. Arkhangelsky – Axion Esti 17:11
Salomea Kruszelnicka – Vissi D’arte (Puccini) 18:50
Alessandro Moreschi – Crucifixus (Rossini) 20:09
Enrico Caruso – Una Furtiva Lagrima (Donizetti – Elisir D’ Amore) 22:40
M.A.A.Mikhailova And A.Semenov – Serenada 24:20
Len Spencer – The Lord’s Prayer 27:05
Instrumental Trio – Abkhazuri, Kabardinskiy Tanetz 27:23
Abdal Ali – Death Lament 28:32
Peking Opera – Old Valet Carries Master’s Letter 29:25
Performer Not Given – Japanese Song 30:17
American Quartet – A Meeting Of The Limekiln Club 30:55
Edison Symphony Orchestra – Down On The Old Plantation 31:23
Invincible Quartet – On Board The Oregon 32:44
Edison Symphony Orchestra – Old Folks At Home (Suwanee River) 33:05
Burt Shepard – Parody On ‘Suwanee River’ 34:44
Byron G Harlan & Joe Belmont – Merry Farmer Boy 36:09
Joe Belmont – Bird Imitations 37:40
Georg Tramer – Czardas 38:11
Cal Stewart – Fire Department 39:14
Arthur Collins – Under The Bamboo Tree 40:06
Invincible Quartet – Fireman’s Duty 42:10
Dinwiddie Colored Quartet – Poor Mourner 42:50
Dinwiddie Colored Quartet – Down On The Old Camp Ground 43:53
Haydn Quartet – Owl And The Pussy Cat 44:44
International Phonographic Language School – Italian Lesson #7 45:38
Little Russian Choir Conducted By A. Romanchenko – Since The Time I Got Married 45:47
Byron G. Harlan And Frank C. Stanley – The First Rehearsal For The Huskin’ Bee 46:43
Columbia Band – Arkansaw Husking Bee 47:00
George P Watson – Alpine Specialty 48:33
William Tuson – Nellie Gray 49:42
Victor Minstrel Company – On The Levee 51:12
J. Frank Hopkins. – Medley Of Reels 51:24
Invincible Quartet – Night Trip To Buffalo 53:31
Banda Da Casa Edison – Hino Nacional 53:48
Columbia Band – Reminiscences Of Scotland 54:11
Len Spencer – Arkansas Traveler 54.53
Will F Denny – Parody On ‘ Widow’s Plea For Her Son’ 55:08
Len Spencer – Arkansas Traveler 57:13
Prof D Wormser – Heimweh 57:22
Bohumir Kryl – Russian Fantasia 58:19

Also wanted to note that I've been putting up lists of sources here - https://centuriesofsound.wordpress.com/sources/ - and have made a page with just the mixes and nothing else for anyone who prefers things that way - https://centuriesofsound.wordpress.com/just-the-mixes/

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 7 May 2018 10:10 (one year ago) Permalink

Billy Murray – Under The Anheuser-Bush

Beer drinkers and hell raisers of 1902. Been caught in my head all weekend.

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Sunday, 13 May 2018 23:03 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, there are a fair few earworms in this mix - Under The Bamboo Tree and I’m A-Dreaming Of You too. It's the start of the golden age of Tinpan Alley, "golden" aside from the endemic racism of course.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 14 May 2018 12:06 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

New mix up! 1903, not a bad year - in fact, everything is going to continue getting more and more listenable as we get through the Progressive / Edwardian era.


Not going to post the whole tracklisting, that (along with everything else) is on the site, but it's got some Bohumir Kryl, some early Caruso, plenty of weird Russian stuff that deserves a bit of attention.

Elsewhere I'm trying to consider options for how to drum up interest in the project - I made a pilot for a local radio station, so may be doing that fairly soon if they'll have me, also attempting to contact as many influencers in the podcast world as I can, though most of them don't seem to consider it a podcast as I don't talk on it. But if it isn't a podcast, what is it? Interest (i.e. pageviews) was much higher last year due to some media coverage, not panicking that it's died down now as it's still very early days and I know pre-20s is very niche indeed. Basically I'm just going to keep at it, but if anyone has any ideas about how to get some momentum behind it again then please do let me know - I'm not a professional in any of the spheres it encompasses, and am very much open to advice.

Oh, and my 2017 mix is nearly done, should be out in July (just when everyone wants to think about 2017, I know...)

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 4 June 2018 17:04 (one year ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...



mp3 download / mp3 pack / blog entry / mixcloud -------> https://centuriesofsound.wordpress.com/2018/07/02/1904/

Loads of French music this year for some reason.


Edison Modern Minstrels – Louisiana Minstrels 0:00
Bohumir Kryl – Sweet Sixteen Waltz 0:05
Len Spencer – Lincoln’s Speech At Gettysburg 2:08
Vess L. Ossman – The Darkie’s Awakening 2:27
Byron G. Harlan And Frank C. Stanley – Two Rubes At The Vaudeville 4:43
W. W. Whitlock – Come Under My New Gamp 4:54
Albert C. Campbell & Bob Roberts – An Interrupted Courtship On The Elevated Railroad 6:57
Albert Sandler Trio – Kashmiri Song (Four Indian Love Lyrics) 7:30
Charlus – La Noce Du Chef D’orchestre 10.53
Grisard – Une Visite Au Jardin Des Plantes 11.35
Paul Fayol – Bonsoir Mam’zelle 12:36
Harry Fragson – L’anglais Triste 14:47
Harry Fragson – Le Flegme 15:14
Jean Péheu – Au Premier De Ces Messieurs 17:06
Léonne Et Willekens – Chez Le Dentiste 18:35
M. Bergeret – Chant D’afrique 19:16
Performers Unknown – Les Deux Pinsons 21:12
Martin Bendix – Eine Feine Familie 23:20
Kaiser Franz Garde-Grenadier Regiment Nr. 2 – Mill In Schwarzwald 23:46
Anonymous – Two Visitors to the St Louis Worlds Fair 25:11
J.W. Myers – Come Take A Trip In My Airship 25:28
Albert Benzler – Come Take A Trip In My Airship Medley 26:21
Len Spencer – Reuben Haskin’s Ride On The Cyclone Auto 27:42
Arthur Collins & Byron G. Harlan – Woah, Bill! 27:58
Edison Military Band – Good Humor Quadrille 2nd Figure 29:43
Cal Stewart – Uncle Josh And The Insurance Agent 31:22
Unknown – Lumbering Luke (Concertina Solo) 32:00
Booker T. Washington – The Atlanta Compromise Speech 32:35
Enrico Caruso – Una Furtiva Lagrima 33:02
Alessandro Moreschi – Ave Maria 36:20
Mary Garden – Chant Vénitien 39:29
Antonina Nezhdanova – La Tenera Parola 40:40
Isabel Jay – Poor Wandering One 41:34
Gypsy Choir Of V.V.Panina – Sasa Grisha 43:25
R.H. Robinson – Jarabe Tapatio 45:24
Orquesta Tipica Lerdo – Consentida 46:30
Haydn Quartet – New Years At Old Trinity 47:28
John Hazel, Frank R. Seltzer And The Edison Military Band – Two Of Us 48:01
Burt Shepard – The Boy And The Cheese 49:31
Billy Murray – I Can’t Do That Sum 49:47
Unknown Performer – Backyard Conversation Between Two Jealous Irish Washerwomen 50:47
Arthur Pryor’s Band – Mignon Overture 50:58
Byron G. Harlan And Frank C. Stanley – An Evening Call In Jayville Center 53:15
Fontbonne, L – Chasse Aux Papillons 53:15
Sir Harry Lauder – Tattie Soup 54:02
Edison Symphony Orchestra – Down Tennessee – Descriptive Barn Dance 55:04
Edison Modern Minstrels – Georgia Minstrels 55:53
Frank S. Mazziotta – Bluette 56:16
Cal Stewart And Ada Jones – Uncle Josh’s Courtship 57:18
Unknown Performer – La Chanson Des Nids 57:35
Albert Whelan – Scrooge’s Awakening 58:23
Edison Male Quartet – Breeze Of The Night 58:39

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 2 July 2018 11:33 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Excellent post

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Friday, 13 July 2018 01:39 (eleven months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

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 0:00
Arthur Pryor’s Band – A Coon Band Contest 0:12
Bernhard Hagen – Walze 10: Zauberformeln Gesungen Von Malim 2:30
Edison Concert Band – Skeleton Dance 2:47
Len Spencer – The Transformation Scene From “Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde” 4:50
Albert Benzler, Henry Nesbit, And The Edison Military Band – Monastery Bells 6:12
Banda De Zapadores De Mexico – La Paloma 7:19
Juan De Dios Peza – Mi Padre 9:27
Higinio Cazón – Recuerdos 9:37
Gabino Ezeiza – Cosmopolísimo 10:59
Trio Instrumental Arriaga – La Dolores – Jota 12:17
Herrera Robinson Y Picazo – La Paloma Azul 14:20
Mario Pinheiro – A Boceta De Rapé 15:30
Los Montegrins De La Foncella Di Montegri – Queen Of The Flowers 18:47
Unknown Performer – I Lamenti De Un Venditore Di Giornali 20:41
Pablo De Sarasate – Caprice Basque Op.24 20:58
Professor A. Lloyd James – Francis Bacon’s “On Studies” 23:34
Maria A. Mikhailova, Acc. Maria Hamowetzkaya – Ave Maria 23:52
Padre Agustino – Predica Di Padre Agustino- L’addio 26:17
Nellie Melba – Lucia Di Lammermoor 26:38
Maria A. Mikhailova – Thou Brilliant Bird 28:02
Edgar L. Davenport – Lasca (Excerpt 1) 29:46
Virgilio Ranzati – Intermezzo From Op. ‘Rural Honor’ 29:58
Vengopal Chari – Different Kind Of Motor Car Noises 31:44
Edison Concert Band – The Auto Race 32:00
Ada Jones And Len Spencer – Fishing 33:53
Harry Lauder – I Love A Lassie 34:30
Arthur Collins – The Preacher And The Bear 36:19
Arthur Collins – The Goose-Bone Man 38:17
Donna & Gladys Of Albina – Souvenir Record From The Lewis & Clark Exposition 38:38
Edward M. Favor – Fol-De-Rol-Lol 38:54
Len Spencer And Parke Hunter – The Professor And The Musical Tramp 40:44
Billy Murray – Give My Regards To Broadway 41:20
Billy Murray And Bob Roberts – I’ve Got A Little Money And I Saved It All For You 42:42
Bohumir Kryl – King Carnival 43:35
Unknown – Discorso Del Tenente Generale Galliano – A Makalle 45:29
Garde Republicaine Orchestra, Clarinet Solo By Lefebvre – Fantaisie from Rigoletto 45:39
Sofie Roeder – Mazurka 46:38
G-N Marko Ivanov – Ne Plachi Maiko Ne Zhali 47:28
Harmonies Orchestra Of V.S.Varshavsky – Kamarinskaya 48:08
Nikolay Malsky – A Woman Vagabond At The Doctor’s 49:11
Professor Barkatullah Khan – Indian Guitar Instrumental- Piloo 49:19
Bangalore Nagaratnam – Nitya-Kalyani (Part III) Ragamalika 51:50
Tiruvasanallur Narayanasami Iyer – Pallavi Sankarabharanam-Adhi Talam 54:19
Pryor’s Orchestra – The Whistler And His Dog 54:50
Unknown Performer(s) – Una Prova In Orchestra- Scena Comica 56:11
Arthur Pryor’s Band – Razazza Mazzazza 57:14
Herbert L. Clarke And John Hazel – The Friendly Rivals 59:08
John Lawson’s Dramatic Company – Scene From Play ‘Humanity’ 1:00:36
Rogers And Pryor – Misere From Il Trovatore 1:01:10
Ada Jones And Len Spencer – Louis And Lena At Luna Park 1:02:27
Ada Jones – My Carolina Lady 1:02:57
Okofu From Logba – Five Proverbs, Drummed In The Twi Language 1:04:51
Nellie Melba – Good-Bye 1:05:22
Edgar L. Davenport – Lasca (Excerpt 2) 1:06:02

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 10 August 2018 22:35 (ten months ago) Permalink

oh wow! awesome

Ross, Friday, 10 August 2018 22:45 (ten months ago) Permalink

rocking, keep on keepin' on

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Saturday, 11 August 2018 00:19 (ten months ago) Permalink

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 (ten months ago) Permalink

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 (ten months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

1906: Bert Williams, Scott Joplin, the Victrola and some more things.



Herr Dr. Professor & George Donahue – Bringing In 1906 0:00
Bert Williams – Nobody 0:18
Ada Jones And Len Spencer – Bashful Henry And His Lovin’ Lucy 3:00
United States Marine Band – Maple Leaf Rag 3:24
Edison Minstrels – At The Minstrel Show no. 3 5:17
Vess L. Ossman – Medley Little Bit Of Everything 5:57
Prince’s Military Band – Destruction Of San Francisco 8:01
General William Booth – Don’t Forget 9:36
Edison Concert Band – Chopin’s Funeral March 9:54
Orchestra Of The Republican Guard – Dawn With Torches 10:15
Marianna Cherkasskaya, Nina Panina, Acc. Orchestra – Already The Evening Enfolds The Distant Fields 12:00
Alexander Davydov – Hermann’s Appearance In The Countess’s Bedroom 13:22
Mlle Korsoff – Il Bacio (Arditi) 15:24
Richard Waldemar – Der Fensterputzer- 1. Teil 18:12
Leo Tolstoy – Thoughts From The Book ‘for Every Day’ 18:50
Selma Kurz, Acc. Orchestra – The Bird In The Forest 19:05
Arthur Pryor’s Band – Carmen Selection 20:07
Siegel-Myers School Of Music – Vocal Record F 22:40
Bob Roberts – He’s A Cousin Of Mine 23:04
Cal Stewart – Uncle Josh At The Roller Skating Rink 25:09
Charles P. Lowe And The Columbia Symphony Orchestra – Medley Of Popular Airs 25:20
Len Spencer & George W Johnson – The Merry Mail Man 26:31
Edison Male Quartet – Stop That Knocking At The Door 27:44
Harry Spencer – Sale Of Pawnbroker’s Goods 28:37
Albert Muller (Xylophone) With Orchestra – Katie 28:55
Ada Jones and Len Spencer – Mandy And Her Man 32:08
Ada Jones – Waiting At The Church 32:20
Two Unidentified Men – Black Wax Home Recording Of Two Unidentified Men Singing And Laughing 33:25
Ebrahim, Royal Orchestra – Bidad (Homayun) 33:44
Hopi Indians – Eagle Song 34:54
Ajukutôk’ – Kayak-song 35:36
3 women and 3 men – Traditional song 36:00
Patápio Silva – Primeiro Amor 36:08
Vengopal Chari – Laughing 37:24
Boris S. Troyanovsky – Mazurka No 4 37:35
G.Marenich, A.Leverenko, Ryabtzov – Three Paths Across The Field 38:55
John Taylor – Speed The Plow Reel 39:50
Thomas A. Edison – The Liver Complaint Story 41:08
Bohumir Kryl – Sing, Smile, Slumber 42:02
Polish Band – Down The Petersky 43:43
Dranem – Le Gardien Des Ruines 45:36
Charlus – S’ils Parlaient 46:23
Albert Benzler – Spoontime 47:44
Len Spencer And Alfred Holt – Barnyard Serenade 48:45
Helen Trix – The Bird On Nellies Hat 49:03
Edison Concert Band – Old Heidelberg 50:16
James C. Mcauliffe – The Minstrel Boy 52:20
The Scots Guard Pipers – Sword Dance 53:23
Mah Thane May – Yodaya Bwe Gyi 54:32
Miss Gauhar Jan – Hindustani Female Song 56:08
Professor N. M. Chuckerbutty Of Calcutta – Esraj Instrumental- Bahar Kawali 57:21
Nebe-Quartett – O du fröhliche, o du selige Weihnachtszeit 58:41
Nebe-Quartett – Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht 59:34
Columbia Quartette – Steamboat Medley 1:00:29
John J. Kimmel – American Cake Walk 1:00:46
Billy Murray And The Edison Male Quartet – Lazy Moon 1:02:01
Ossman Dudley Trio – St. Louis Tickle 1:03:47
Columbia Band – An Arkansaw Husking Bee 1:05:57
Edward Meeker And Joseph Belmont – Song Of The Nations 1:07:56
Eugene C. Rose – La Traviata- concert Waltz 1:09:45
Figure Five Orchestra – Lanciers From Miss Dolly Dollars 1:11:50
G. H. Chirgwin – A Few Eccentric Gaglets 1:13:40
Herbert Lincoln Clarke And Leo Zimmerman – Cousins 1:14:07
National Military Band – The Girl In The Train 1:14:47
Bert Williams – Pretty Desdamone 1:16:14
Len Spencer – Meister’s Musical Masterpiece 1:18:55

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 6 September 2018 18:09 (nine months ago) Permalink

Bert William's "Nobody" - still hit material if you ask me.

saddest kamancheh (bendy), Thursday, 6 September 2018 21:33 (nine months ago) Permalink

Agreed! Such a great song and such a unique performer. Been reading this book which is partially about him.


mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 6 September 2018 22:39 (nine months ago) Permalink

i would like to read that book someday

dyl, Friday, 7 September 2018 01:39 (nine months ago) Permalink

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 (nine months ago) Permalink

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 (nine months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

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) 00:00
Unknown – Sunderland Home Cylinder 33 02:17
Vess L. Ossman – Maple Leaf Rag 02:23
Orquesta De Enrique Peña – Los Guajiros De La Yaya 05:01
Octavio Yáñez – Anita 06:27
Ángel Villoldo – El Negro Alegre 08:34
Orquesta De Pablo Valenzuela – Happy Hobbs 10:11
Steve Porter – Flanagan’s Troubles In A Restaurant 12:14
Edison Vaudeville Company – An Amateur Minstrel Rehearsal 14:25
Billy Murray – I’d Rather Two-Step Than Waltz, Bill 14:52
Peerless Trio – Three Rubes Seeing New York 15:56
Ada Jones And Len Spencer – Burying The Hatchet 17:52
Eddie Morton – That’s Gratitude 18:33
Peerless Quartet – The New Parson At The Darktown Church 21:03
Ada Jones And Billy Murray – Smile, Smile, Smile 21:34
Albert Whelan – The Miser 23:51
Arthur Pryor’s Band – The King Of Rags 24:14
Yolande Noble And Percy Clifton – Buying The Christmas Dinner 25:54
Zonophone Concert Band – The Smiler 26:22
Carl Lüdicke – Der Musikalische Clown 28:18
Edison-Orchester (Berlin) – Alarmierung Der Berliner Feuerwehr 29:57
Gustav Schönwald And Fraulein Vincent – Am Telephon 30:17
Steidl-Quartett – Katzenliebe 30:48
Gustav Schönwald – Nachtliches Abenteuer Eines Studenten 31:53
August Molinari – Street Piano Medley 32:41
Gilbert Girard And Len Spencer – The Vagabonds (Roger And I) 34:49
Antonio Scotti – Sortita D’amonasro 35:14
Emma Calve – Habanera from Carmen 36:01
Maria A. Mikhalova Acc. Boris S. Troyanovsky – Why Should I Live And Grieve Alone? 37:30
Dmitry Bogemsky – The Tossing Of The Steamer 39:30
Orchestra ‘Harmonia’, Conductor Vasily Varshavsky – Sighs 40:06
P. A. Strakhov – The Departure Of A Train 40:56
Chorus Of Terek And Kuban Cossacks Of The Guards Of The Governor Of His Imperial Majesty In Caucasus, Conductor Mikhail Kolotilin – Walking On Water 41:15
Choir Of Makvaneti – Naduri 42:09
Count Leo Tolstoy – Excerpt From ‘Guidelines For Everyday Living’ 43:46
Choir Of Tbilisi – Metiuri 43:54
Victor Orchestra – A Hunt In The Black Forest 44:43
Mme Rollini – Ne M’ Chatouillez Pas 46:59
Bérard – Chargez 48:32
John J. Kimmel – Cakewalk 49:14
Fréjol – C’ Que Tu M’as Fait 50:24
Unknown – Sunderland Home Cylinder 18 51:41
Vesta Victoria – It Ain’t All Honey And It Ain’t All Jam 52:10
Edison Vaudeville Company – At The Village Post Office 53:19
Florrie Forde – I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside 53:42
Ada Jones – I’m In Love With The Slide Trombone 55:30
Edith Helena – Cavalleria Rusticana. Intermezzo; Arr. 57:42
Edison Venetian Trio – Sonoma 59:36
Gramophone Orchestra, Conductor I. P. Arkadev – The Music Box 59:49
Picolines Duet – Two Little Finches 1:00:43
Arthur Pryor’s Band – The Lion Chase 1:01:35
Banda De Policía – Álbum Recreativo Variacones De Saxofón Soprano 1:04:55
Antonio Hidalgo – Un Meeting De Raza 1:06:48
Martin Silveira – Nueva York 1:07:15
Arturo De Nava – Décimas Del Sargento 1:08:31
Uncredited Ensemble – Khaek Lopburi 1:09:42
Albert Benzler – The Chapel In The Woods 1:11:11
Alice Shaw & Her Twin Daughters – Spring-Tide Revels 1:12:10
George Islon – Christmas Eve In The Old Homestead 1:12:57
Billy Murray – So What’s The Use? 1:13:23
Percy Clifton – Dick Whittington 1:16:27
Edward M. Favor – Theodore 1:16:47
Choir 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 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

Thanks KM! So do I (but currently 999,786 short)

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 4 October 2018 22:12 (eight months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

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 (seven months ago) Permalink

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 (seven months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

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 (six months ago) Permalink

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 (six months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

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 0:00:00
Charlotte Gainsbourg – Deadly Valentine (Soulwax Remix) 0:01:16
Jeff Beal – House of Cards S05E03 Closing Titles 0:04:00
Danny Brown – Ain’t it Funny 0:05:27
Zimpel-Ziolek – Wrens 0:06:28
Superorganism – Something for Your M.I.N.D. 0:09:08
Big Shaq – Man’s Not Hot 0:10:57
Todd Terje – Jungelknugen (Four Tet Remix) 0:13:15
Kendrick Lamar – FEEL. 0:15:31
Blanck Mass – Hive Mind 0:18:57
Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet – Lila Bambo 0:21:50
The Horrors – Something To Remember Me By 0:25:13
Self Esteem – Your Wife 0:27:16
Roger Robinson – Welcome to Dog Heart City 0:29:11
Caroline Spence – Softball 0:31:16
Leif – July V 0:34:20
Cardi B – Bodak Yellow 0:37:49
Avelino (feat. Stormzy & Skepta) – Energy 0:39:05
Orbital – Copenhagen 0:40:26
Strobes – OK Please 0:42:25
Tom Zanetti featuring Sadie Ama – You Want Me 0:44:20
Justin Adams ft. Anneli Drecker – Wassoulou 0:45:34
Denzel Curry, Lil Ugly Mane – Zeltron 6 Billion 0:47:18
CCFX – The One to Wait 0:48:50
Kero Kero Bonito – Rock & Roll Star 0:52:20
Yaeji – Raingurl 0:55:15
Nite Jewel – 2 Good 2 Be True 0:58:01
Colin Stetson – Spindrift 0:59:48
Vince Staples – Crabs in a Bucket 1:01:40
Tove Lo – Disco Tits 1:03:32
Special Request – Stairfoot Lane Bunker (Minor Science Remix) 1:05:22
Baxter Dury – Porcelain 1:08:03
Antwood – Disable Ad Blocker / Sublingual 1:09:30
Chino Amobi – Eigengrau (Children of Hell II) 1:11:06
Hammock – When The Body Breaks 1:12:17
James Holden & The Animal Spirits – Thunder Moon Gathering 1:14:22
The Jungle Giants – Bad Dream 1:16:31
Rose Elinor Dougall – Stellular 1:18:08
Grace Mitchell – Now 1:20:15
Lindstrøm – Tensions 1:21:30
The Seven Fields of Aphelion – Drift (Losing Light) 1:22:57
Young Fathers – Only God Knows 1:23:30
Bjork – Arisen My Senses 1:25:53
clipping. – The Deep 1:28:23
Kelly Lee Owens – Anxi 1:30:22
Photay – Off-Piste 1:32:22
Lost Souls of Saturn vs. Mashrou’ Leila – Bint El Khandaq 1:34:43
Alessandro Cortini – Vincere 1:36:36
Nilüfer Yanya – Baby Luv 1:39:07
Kesha ft. The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman 1:41:42
KIASMOS – Blurred 1:44:03
Oliver – Chemicals (feat. MNDR) 1:46:27
Lingua Ignota – Woe to All (On the Day of My Wrath) 1:48:09
Jlin – Kyanite 1:49:32
Migos – T-Shirt 1:51:16
Ghostpoet – Freakshow 1:53:44
Meridian Brothers – Yo Soy Tu Padre, Yo Te Fabrique 1:55:33
Lanark Artefax – Touch Absence 1:57:49
Aldous Harding – Imagining My Man 2:01:06
Moses Sumney – Doomed 2:04:11
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Who I Am And Why I Am Where I Am 2:05:59
Lorde – Green Light 2:07:49
Visible Cloaks – Screen 2:10:18
Ibibio Sound Machine – Give Me a Reason 2:11:45
Mondo Grosso – Labyrinth 2:13:50
Bing & Ruth – Starwood Choker 2:15:55
Brian Eno & Kevin Shields – Only Once Away My Son 2:17:53
Rapsody feat. Lance Skiiiwalker – Power 2:20:00
Susanne Sundf›r – The Sound of War 2:23:13
SZA – Supermodel 2:25:57
Sinkane – U’Huh 2:27:55
Bicep – Glue 2:29:46
Leif Vollebekk – Elegy 2:33:36
Tornado Wallace – Voices 2:36:45
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Life, Life 2:39:27
Pippa Murphy – Small Consolation 2:40:35

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 7 January 2019 21:35 (five months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

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 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...



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 (three months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Here's 1912



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 (two months ago) Permalink


Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 4 April 2019 21:45 (two months ago) Permalink

The Boston Public Library 78rpm Collection:

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 4 April 2019 22:21 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

Thanks for kind words, Tracer Hand & tylerw!

The Boston Public Library 78rpm Collection:

― 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 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

cool, i didn't know there were more phonoautograms!

Jaki Liebowitz (rushomancy), Wednesday, 17 April 2019 13:14 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

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 (one month ago) Permalink

"Too Much Mustard" is a delightfully cautious title for trying out this ragtime abandon.

bendy, Monday, 13 May 2019 17:23 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...


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 (one week ago) Permalink

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 (one week ago) Permalink

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 (one week ago) Permalink

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