Tag Archives: music

The instruments of Harry Partch

This one fell from the sky – or at least from WFMU’s Twitter feed. The whole of the third LP from Partch’s 1969 triple album release of Delusion of the Fury: A Ritual of Dream and Delusion A marvellous disquisition … Continue reading

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Malaysia, 1903

A haunting recording from 1903. The artist is a Malaysian musician called Qasim, the piece is called ‘Lagu Nuri Terbang Malam’. It was among the first recordings made in Asia by recording industry legend Fred Gaisberg. It’s collected here, in … 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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In the bull run

Here’s one of my own. Down under the Albert Hall there’s a long, circular corridor. It goes all the way round the building with doors on the inside into the auditorium and on the outside into dressing rooms and rehearsal … 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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Tom Phillips – Irma

Overture And Aria: “I Tell You That’s Irma Herself” – from a Brian Eno-produced album in the Tom Phillips collection at Ubu Web released on his Obscure label in 1978. Download the MP3.

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What is this thing?

Audiolibre is going to be a blog about (or maybe a blog featuring…) non-copyright audio (or maybe out-of-copyright audio). Not, hopefully, just old recordings that aren’t covered by copyright any more but also the whole wide world of sound that … Continue reading

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