Old cylinder recordings (1890-1920) archive now online...

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You know, maybe it wouldn't take all that long to download at least all the MP3s.

----> (libcrypt), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 03:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Another related deal:

The forgotten voices and neglected songs of old California live at the Southwest Museum in several hundred small, round containers that look like nothing more than miniature oatmeal boxes. Each container holds a minute or two of the past on an Edison cylinder, the earliest known field recordings of Spanish-language music made by an individual rather than a record company.

Each generation has tried to draw interest to these recordings since museum founder Charles F. Lummis made them, mostly between 1904 and 1906, but the projects have never realized their potential, largely because of the technical challenges of re-recording about 400 old, primitive cylinders, and the labor and expense of transcribing, translating and publishing so many songs.

Now, nearly 70 years after Times columnist Ed Ainsworth asked: "Why couldn't somebody get out successfully a book of old Spanish folk songs from the Lummis record collection?" samples from the cylinders will be put on display in "Sounds From the Circle," which will be on exhibit at the Southwest Museum from May 9 through July 5.

Four songs are linked plus some further general info.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 9 May 2009 03:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

Ummm... wouldn't that take, literally, hours??

― Mr. Snrub, Tuesday, February 17, 2009 8:32 PM (2 months ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

More like weeks, it seems. How long did it take, Adam?

― Kevin John Bozelka, Tuesday, February 17, 2009 9:40 PM (2 months ago) Bookmark

Took maybe an hour or so. I didn't literally get them all (its not like they are all zipped together as one huge file) but i did get something like 5 hours or so worth of music. Best stuff is the zany instrumental virtuoso performances. Plus the old-timey announcement "This is Edison records!"

Adam Bruneau, Sunday, 10 May 2009 03:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

Love me some Billy Murray

Adam Bruneau, Sunday, 10 May 2009 03:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

more stuff to dig through .... http://sounds.bl.uk/ good lord.

tylerw, Thursday, 10 September 2009 16:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Yeah! And Smithsonian Folkways downloads have been available for coveral years, I just keep forgetting. Also, new update on Alan Lomax's digital jukebox

dow, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 14:14 (seven years ago) Permalink


ban this sick stunt (anagram), Wednesday, 1 February 2012 14:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

more info on the optical digitizing process:

IRENE Audio Preservation for Grooved Media Now Available at NEDCC!
The new IRENE Audio Preservation service at the Northeast Document Conservation
Center (NEDCC) is the culmination of a decade of research and development at the
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Library of Congress.

The IRENE technology uses a non-contact approach, which eliminates the possibility
of damage caused by mechanical contact of a stylus on fragile media. The process
creates ultra-high resolution images of the audio groove structures in either 2D or
3D, and the resulting image files are then processed through software that
translates them into an audio file.

Wax cylinders, lacquer discs ("acetate" discs), aluminum transcription discs,
shellac discs, tin foils, and other rare formats (e.g., Dictabelt, Voice-O-Graph,
etc.), and can handle rare, fragile, or damaged media.

About the History of the of the IRENE IMLS Grant Project at NEDCC:

(via my mom the archivist)

sleeve, Saturday, 22 November 2014 05:05 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Couldn't find the other thread about old time recording devices so I am posting this link here:http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/gramophone/028011-3004-e.html

Zings of Oblivion (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 20 January 2015 03:04 (four years ago) Permalink

whoa, a lot to dig through there - the podcasts page looks like a great start, thanks!

The Complainte of Ray Tabano, Tuesday, 20 January 2015 03:46 (four years ago) Permalink

New BBC series Sound Of Song is relevant to this thread, recreating old recording devices. Episode 1 is on iPlayer.

nate woolls, Tuesday, 20 January 2015 07:28 (four years ago) Permalink

Other thread with related info is: What is Country?

with most important relevant link to here:

Mike j'Abo (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 25 January 2015 22:24 (four years ago) Permalink

Original link still works!

Mark G, Sunday, 25 January 2015 22:31 (four years ago) Permalink

Sorry, wasn't thinking about original link just repurposing thread a little to be links to old time recording methods references, such as the Audio Engineering Society Recording Technology History page I just linked to, since I was not aware of some such other thread.

Mike j'Abo (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 26 January 2015 00:10 (four years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

NY Times profile of WFMU's gramophone/cylinders specialist (and a high-school classmate of yrs truly) Mike Cumella:


skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 17 October 2015 05:10 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

And the original UCSB archive site has been updated.


Ned Raggett, Friday, 6 November 2015 17:52 (three years ago) Permalink

also related, at IU-Bloomington:


sleeve, Friday, 6 November 2015 17:55 (three years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

Meantime, there's this -- Archeophone has a lot of good stuff in their catalog.


Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 9 August 2016 14:39 (two years ago) Permalink

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