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London Sound Survey

Something extraordinary going on here. IM Rawes is building a finely-textured archive of London sounds, published under posterity-friendly licences and with a range of clever ways to access the audio (maps, historic and current, being the main way in). I’m … Continue reading

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Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

What were the towering achievements of twentieth century American culture? Since you’re asking, I’ll make a case for the moon landings (featured here the other day) and for Rhapsody in Blue. This is the original, acoustic recording from 1924, the … Continue reading

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“OK, we’re off to a good start, play it cool” – Apollo 11 audio

Turns out there’s a huge archive of raw NASA audio at the Internet Archive. Metadata is incomplete and some audio is missing but it’s all gripping stuff, even the long periods of hum from the ‘high-gain’. And the ultra-laconic language … Continue reading

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A wax cylinder for Independence Day

From WFMU‘s wonderful Free Music Archive, Harry E. Humphrey and the choir boys of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City with “Our National Song” – a rather haunting mix of stirring spoken word and an elegiac choral version of … Continue reading

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Nobody ever went to America to learn how to kill a pig

This is it. This is the stuff that makes me weak at the knees. 40 minutes by Padraic Dolan from the West of Ireland in 1978 that’ll have you glued to your wireless from the first chilling swish swish of … Continue reading

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Arvo Pärt – Magnificat

Musopen is an archive of public domain classical music recordings. Founder Aaron Dunn thinks there ought to be a source of free, high-quality classical recordings online. He’s accumulating a stock of out-of-copyright and non-copyright recordings – but also raising money … Continue reading

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Elisabeth Schumann sings Mozart in 1930

From a fascinating, if slightly inaccessible (why no MP3s?), archive of early recorded music maintained by a consortium of British Universities. Early twentieth Century legend Elisabeth Schumann sings a Mozart fragment called Warnung. Download the original FLAC file and the … Continue reading

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