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The sound of a tsunami

The indescribably chilling sound, recorded on the ocean bottom, using hydrophones belonging to a group researching undersea volcanism, of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that tore up Eastern Japan in March 2011. The sound has been sped-up 16 times. Lots more … 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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Sound from another world

Yesterday’s NASA audio reminded me of something mindblowing from a few years ago. This is the actual sound (several recordings spliced together in fact) of the Huygens probe dropping through the atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan in 2005. At the … 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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New York sound

Over at Slash Reading it’s New York Week. So, how about some NYC sounds. There are half a dozen minidiscs full of NYC ambient sounds here somewhere but I’m unlikely to liberate them any time soon so, in the meantime, … 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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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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