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
I wonder if this fits in a little farther down the road...
Hear the Only Castrato Ever Recorded Sing “Ave Maria” and Other Classics (1904)
― Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 7 July 2017 17:29 (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 uphttp://www.avclub.com/article/blog-making-mixtape-every-year-invention-recorded--257770― Ned Raggett, Friday, July 7, 2017 5:50 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
― 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
New entry up - 1893
Unique Quartette – Mamma’s Black Baby BoyLouis Vasnier – Adam And Eve And De Winter Apple (Excerpt)23rd Regiment Band Of New York – A.O.O.S. MarchJohn York Atlee – Anvil ChorusGeorge J. Gaskin – After The BallIssler’s Orchestra – On The MidwayAda Jones – Sweet MarieUnknown – Brown Wax Home Recording Of Speech In AfrikaansSergei Taneyev And Leo Conus – Leo Conus- Suite For Piano Four-HandsRussell Hunting – Casey At The BatUnited States Marine Band – The Kiss WaltzArthur Houston – Flute SoloEdward M. Favor – The Commodore SongGeorge H. Diamond – When Summer Comes AgainJohn 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
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 PartIssler’s Orchestra – Electric Light QuadrilleEdward M. Favor – Daisy BellJames Mooney – Arapaho No. 73. Ghost DanceUnknown – Personal Message from a Grandfather to his Grandchildren (excerpt 1)Standard Quartet – Keep Movin’Harvard Clock Tower – ChimesUnknown – Personal Message from a Grandfather to his Grandchildren (excerpt 2)Jules Conus – Chopin-Sarasate- Nocturne In E-Flat, Op. 9, No. 2Anton Arensky – Le Ruisseau Dans La Forêt In G, No. 15 From 24 Morceaux Charactéristiques, Op. 36Lavrentii Donskoi – Rubinstein- O Pechal I Toska From NeroVladimir Wilschaw – Godard- En Courant In G-Flat, No. 1 From 6 Morceaux, Op. 53Joseph Sawyer – Birthday Speech, October 22 1894Anton Arensky, Jan Hrímalý And Anatoly Brandukov – Arensky- Piano Trio No. 1 In D Minor, Op. 32- Second Movement – Scherzo- Allegro MoltoMaria Ivanovna Gutheil – Rubinstein- SailRussell Hunting – The Old Man And JimJules Levy – The Last Rose Of SummerJohn MacColl – Campbells Are ComingBrilliant Quartette – Blind TomJames Mooney – Caddo No. 2. Ghost DanceDan Kelly – Paddy’s WeddingSousa’s Band – The Crack RegimentU.S. Marine Band – The Enthusiast Polka23rd Regiment Band – New York HeraldU.S. Marine Band – The Directorate MarchCharles Asbury – Haul The Woodpile DownBison 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 (eleven months ago) Permalink
i would for certain
― bob lefse (rushomancy), Monday, 4 September 2017 20:52 (eleven months ago) Permalink
Ok, let's give it a try then.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 4 September 2017 21:13 (eleven months 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 (eleven months 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 (eleven months ago) Permalink
Follow the Mediafire link, Le Bateau Ivre.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 5 September 2017 09:38 (eleven months ago) Permalink
1895 is here.
Mixcloud / mp3 download / unmixed mp3 pack are all at the bottom of the blog post
Vess L. Ossman – Cocoanut DanceRussell Hunting – Casey As A Hotel ClerkBaldwin’s Cadet Band Of Boston – The Liberty BellEdward M Favor – My Best Gal’s A New YorkerOriole Quartette – Brother Michael, Won’t You Hand Down That RopeSousa’s Band – Yazoo DanceIssler’s Orchestra – DixieAristide Bruant – Le Chat NoirHolding’s Military Band – Overture SemiramideDan W. Quinn – Streets Of CairoCharles P. Lowe – Carnival Of VeniceJean Moeremans – Carnival Of VeniceUnique Quartet – Who Broke The Lock?Dickson – Dickson Experimental Sound FilmLeo 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. 14Paul Pabst – Tchaikovsky-Pabst- Paraphrase On Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66Eugene Danton – Vive La CanadienneDavid B. Dana – Evening StarBaldwin’s Cadet Band Of Boston – Overture, Poet And PeasantGeorge W. Johnson – Listen To The Mocking BirdArthur B. Adamini – CarambaFoh’s 23rd Regiment Band Of New York – The Melon Patch SchottischeGeorge J. Gaskin – Sidewalks Of New YorkMiss Alice Raymond – Love Me Little Love Me LongHolding’s Military Band – Overture SemiramideIssler’s Orchestra – Kentucky Jubilee SingersDan W. Quinn – Married LifeSousa’s Band – Stars And Stripes Forever
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 2 October 2017 07:02 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) Permalink
oh, and this is good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JFPzJaG2pg
― bob lefse (rushomancy), Sunday, 8 October 2017 20:54 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (nine months ago) Permalink
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 CabinGeorge W. Johnson – The Laughing SongWilliam McKinlley – Speech to Republican ConventionVess L. Ossman – The Stars and Stripes ForeverGeorge Graham – Talk on MoneyColumbia Orchestra – Virginia SkedaddleW.O. Beckenbaugh – Sale of Toys, Dolls and So Forth on Christmas Eve NightSteve Clemens – Darkys PatrolCal Stewart – Uncle Josh’s Trip to Coney Island (Excerpt 1)Brand’s Concert Band – Chimes of NormandyCal Stewart – Uncle Josh’s Trip to Coney Island (Excerpt 2)Empire State Concert Band – Belle of New York MarchBill Nye – On TripeWilliam Paris Chambers – The SeraphJosef Hofmann – Wagner-Brassin- Magic Fire Music From Die WalküreJohn Terrell – a Few Words in Regard to DrinkingGilmore’s Band – Grand March From TannhauserRussell Hunting – Casey at the Telephone (Excerpt 1)Dan W. Quinn – Still His Whiskers GrewRussell Hunting – Casey at the Telephone (Excerpt 2)Edison Concert Band – Ouverture to ‘Der Tambour Der Garde’Russell Hunting – I Wonder WhyUnited States Marine Band – the Directorate MarchLen Spencer – Sale of Pawnbroker’s Goods (‘by Harry Spencer’)Peerless Orchestra – Yankee Doodle Dandy LancersSousa’s Band – The Darkie’s TemptationGeorge Graham – Street FakirDorothy 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 (nine months ago) Permalink
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/
Students at Cornell University – New Years Day PartySousa’s Band (Trombone – Arthur Pryor) – Blue Bells of ScotlandBelieved to Be Russell Hunting – Did He Charge Too MuchVess L. Ossman – Old Folks at HomeHarry Heath – Speech With Church ChimesAl Sweet – L’elegante [Élégante Polka]Cal Stewart – Uncle Josh on a BicycleEdison Brass Quartet – Come Where Lilies Bloom‘Willy Fathand of New York City’ [Believed to Be Russell Hunting] – Sim Hadley on a RacketEdison Concert Band – El Capitan March‘Manly Tempest’ [Unknown Performer, Possibly Russell Hunting] – the Rascal DetectorThe Columbia Orchestra – Sea Flower PolkaLen Spencer & Vess Ossman – Hot Time in the Old TownN. R. Wood – Morning on the FarmEdison Male Quartette – Annie LaurieDrum Corps – Spirit of ’76Garde Republicaine – Marche Des Petit Pierot‘Charley Smith of Kankakee’ [Believed to Be Russell Hunting] – Out of OrderFraulein Vioni Eidner – Der Vogelhandler, Act I- Die NachtigallRobert Green Ingersroll – On HopeCousins & De Moss – Poor MournerHarry Heath – SpeechArthur Pryor – the PalmsFrank S. Mazziotta – Sleighride‘Manly Tempest’ [Unknown Performer, Possibly Russell Hunting] – Gimlet’s SoliloquyGeorge Schweinfest – Bob White PolkaRussell Hunting – Casey’s Political SpeechPeerless Orchestra – My Babe From Boston‘Charley Smith of New York City’ [Believed to Be Russell Hunting] – Reilly as a PolicemanGeorge J Gaskin – Best in the House is None Too Good for ReillyCharles P. Lowe – Leonora WaltzThe Columbia Orchestra – I Thought I Was a Winner, Or, I Don’t Know, You Ain’t So WarmBilly Golden – Listen to the Mocking BirdThompson River Indians – Dance Song of Thompson River IndiansJoseph Norrito – Original SchottischeSousa’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 (eight months ago) Permalink
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 – 00:00Vess L. Ossman – Bunch of Rags – 00:08Garrett A. Hobart – Words Of Welcome – 02:32Arthur Collins – Zizzy Ze Zum Zum – 02:44Harry Spencer – Side Show Shouter – 03:28Edison Brass Quartet – At A Georgia Camp Meeting – 04:05Dan W Quinn – At A Georgia Camp Meeting – 04:42Gilmore’s Band – At A Georgia Camp Meeting – 05:35William Jennings Bryan – Crown Of Thorns And Cross Of Gold – 06:45George Rosey’s Orchestra Of New York City – Cotillion March – 07:01Cal Stewart – Uncle Josh On A Street Car – 08:05Sousa’s Band – Love Thoughts Waltz (Trombone – Arthur Pryor) – 08:49Buffalo Bill – Sentiment On The Cuban Question – 12:02Columbia Orchestra – Charge Of Roosevelt’s Rough Riders – 12:21Cal Stewart – Uncle Josh Comments On The Spanish Question – 14:39Edison Concert Band – Medley Of War Songs – 15:09Chief trumpeter Cassi of Roosevelt’s Rough Riders – Bugle Calls – 17:24Otto Mesloh – Tyrolienne – 18:07Russell Hunting – Casey As Umpire At A Ball Game – 19:28Columbia Orchestra – The Darkey’s Dream – 19:44Ruby Brooks – The Darkies Dream (Banjo Solo) – 21:12T. De Witt Talmage – Sermon On The Mount – 22:21Frank C. Stanley – A Hundred Fathoms Deep – 22:36W. F. Hooley – Ingersoll At The Tomb Of Napoleon – 24:40F. Jardella – Spaghetti Polka – 24:55Dr. B. Sunderland – Lord’s Prayer – 26:45Jennie Hoyle – Musin Mazurka – 27:03Unknown Performer, Possibly Russell Hunting – The Whores’ Union – 28:29Joseph Pizzarello – Nocturne – 28:55Sandra Droucker – Etude In F-Sharp – 30:58Edison Symphony Orchestra – Donau Weibschen Waltz – 32:20W. F. Hooley – Talmage On ‘Infidelity’ – 34:38Sousa’s Grand Concert Band – The Jolly Coppersmith – 34:52Frank S. Maziotta – Old Folks At Home – 37:27August P.Stengler – Old Folks At Home – 39:09John Terrell – Casey’s Address To The G.A.R. – 41:05Otto Mesloh – Tyrolienne – 41:46Cousins & Demoss – Who Broke The Lock – 43:08Vess L. Ossman – Pretty Little Queen – 45:20The Greater New York Quartette – The Sleigh Ride Party – 47:50
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:58 (seven months 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 (seven months ago) Permalink
― IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:06 (seven months ago) Permalink
― FREEZE! FYI! (dog latin), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:19 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months ago) Permalink
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, January 9, 2018 10:46 AM (five hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
― budo jeru, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 22:08 (seven months ago) Permalink
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) 0:00Arthur Collins – Hello, Ma Baby! 0:58Len Spencer – Promotional Message On The Edison Phonograph (Extract 2) 3:26Vess L. Ossman – Little Bit Of Everything 4:33S. H. Dudley & Arthur Collins – Three Minutes With The Minstrels (Extract) 7:00Edison Concert Band – Second Connecticut March 7:24Cal Stewart – Uncle Josh And The Lightning Rod Agent 8:53Jean Moeremans And Jacques L. Van Poucke – Polka Variata 10:20B. Russell Throckmorton – The White Man’s Burden (Kipling) (Extract 1) 11.51Anton Arensky – Arensky- An Der Quelle In A, Op. 46, No. 1 12.16B. Russell Throckmorton – The White Man’s Burden (Kipling) (Extract 2) 13:00Columbia Orchestra – The Lime-Kiln Club 13:46Edison Minstrels – Minstrel Potpourri (Extract 1) 16:27Edison Quartette – Sunshine Will Come Again 16:39Edison Minstrels – Minstrel Potpourri (Extract 2) 18:56Will F. Denny – You Can’t Think Of Everything 19:11Billy Golden – Rabbit Hash (Extract) 20:08A. L. Sweet – Arbucklenian Polka 20:16Imperial Minstrels – Upon The Golden Shore (Extract) 21:39Columbia Drum, Fife and Bugle Corps – the Girl I Left Behind Me 21:54Peerless Orchestra – Admiral Dewey’s Arrival In New York 22:47Orchestra – The Mosquito Parade 23:49Cal Stewart – Uncle Josh At A Baseball Game 25:43James C. Mcauliffe – Mrs. Mccloud’s Reel 26:14Peerless Orchestra – Ma Ragtime Baby 27:39Len Spencer – Auction Sale-Household Goods (Extract 1) 29:44Unidentified Barrel Organist – Street Piano Number Two 30:29Len Spencer – Auction Sale-Household Goods (Extract 2) 31:55Dan W Quinn – Glorious Beer 32:32Len Spencer – Auction Sale-Household Goods (Extract 3) 33:34W. C. Townsend – The Pixies 33:54William Jefferson (Len Spencer) – Cinderella (Extract 1) 35:43Albert Benzler – Tell Me With Your Eyes Medley 36:25William Jefferson (Len Spencer) – Cinderella (Extract 2) 37:23Jacques L. Van Poucke – Fantaisie Variée 38:02William Jefferson (Len Spencer) – Cinderella (Extract 3) 39:18Joseph P. Cullen And William G. Collins – Twin Star March 40:11Sig. Adamini – Los Ojos Negros 41:26Vess L. Ossman – Whistling Rufus 44:24Peerless Orchestra. – Whistling Rufus 46:58Roger Harding & Steve Porter – The Imperial Minstrels (Extract 1) 49:24Joseph P. Cullen And William G. Collins – Twin Star March 49:38May Kelso – Because 50:52Roger Harding & Steve Porter – The Imperial Minstrels (Extract 2) 52:36Jean Moeremans – The Little Speranza 52:53George P. Watson – Snyder, Does Your Mother Know You’re Out? 54:27Orchestre Boldi – L’amour Et La Vie À Vienne 56:48Unidentified Chimes – Home, Sweet Home 59:35
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 09:09 (six months 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 Permalinkhell yeah― budo jeru, Tuesday, January 9, 2018 10:08 PM (four weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
― 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 (six months ago) Permalink
Mixcloud won't let me play this latest mix, as apparently it violates US terms for streaming mixes:
― Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 17:58 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months ago) Permalink
ILM Ballot Polls for 2014 and beyond -- order, timing, "I would have voted if I'd known about it," etc
― "oh no my cheds" man had dark to black packet (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 8 February 2018 15:26 (six months ago) Permalink
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/
Emperor Franz Joseph – Oldest Magnetic Recording On Poulsen 0:00Edison Concert Band – Champaign Gallop 0:09Film Soundtrack – Cyrano de Bergerac 2:11Edison Grand Concert Band – Mr. Thomas Cat 2:36Arthur W Haddon – Brown Wax Home Recording Of Talking 4:41Vess L Ossman – A Coon Band Contest 5:03Sousa’s Band – A Coon Band Contest 7:18American Quartet – A Night Trip To Buffalo (Excerpt 1) 9:05Arthur Collins – The Mick Who Threw The Brick 9:26American Quartet – A Night Trip To Buffalo (Excerpt 2) 10:31Charles P. Lowe – Brilliant Gallop 11.08Len Spencer & George Schweinfest – The Arkansaw Traveler (Excerpt 1) 13:15Will F. Denny – Doing His Duty-Ooty 13:27Len Spencer & George Schweinfest – The Arkansaw Traveler (Excerpt 2) 15:41George Schweinfest – Robin Adair 15:54Len Spencer & George Schweinfest – The Arkansaw Traveler (Excerpt 3) 17:12Charles D’ Almaine – Polish National Dance 17:28Aumonier – Le Cor 19:36Paul Daraux – Les Myrtes Sont Fletries 22:01Choir with Alessandro Moreschi – Tui Sunt Coeli 23:26William Jennings Bryan – Imperialism Speech (Excerpt) 25:48Peter Dawson – The Miner’s Dream Of Home 26:10Cal Stewart – Uncle Josh In A Chinese Laundry 29:54Oppakekepei – Kawakami Noburo Isao 31:04Siam Theater Ensemble (Berlin) – Kham Hom 32:30Harry Spencer – The Absent-Minded Beggar (Kipling) 34:22Edison Male Quartet – Vesper Service 35:30William F. Hooley – A Record For The Children 36:38Arthur Collins – Mandy Lee 37:18Frank Kennedy – Schultz At The Paris Exposition 40:51Peerless Orchestra – Hail To The Spirit Of Liberty 41:26Wilson Gabo, Cora Gabo And Unidentified Accompanists – Brown Wax Home Recording Of Harmonica Solo Talking 43:40Vess L Ossman – The Old Folks At Home 45:04Performer 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 (five months ago) Permalink
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 (four months 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 PermalinkGreat, 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
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, January 9, 2018 10:46 AM (five hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
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― 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) Permalink
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) 0:00Sousa’s Band – Trombone Sneeze 0:10Campbell & Roberts – An Interrupted Courtship On The Elevated Railway 2:13Arthur Collins & Byron G. Harlan – I’m A-Dreaming Of You 2:35Collins & Harlan – Two Rubes In A Tavern 4:35Bohumir Kryl – Carnival Of Venice 5:03Charles P. Lowe – Carnival Of Venice 6:57Len Spencer And Gilbert Girard – Daybreak At Calamity Farm 8:44Edison Military Band – Lizard And The Frog 9:11International Phonographic Language School – Spanish Lesson #9 11:12Vess L. Ossman – Darkies Awakening 11:30Charles D’ Almaine – Down At Finnegan’s Jamboree (Excerpt 2) 13:42Billy Murray – Under The Anheuser-Bush 14:58Len Spencer – 23rd Psalm 16:46Choir Of A. A. Arkhangelsky – Axion Esti 17:11Salomea Kruszelnicka – Vissi D’arte (Puccini) 18:50Alessandro Moreschi – Crucifixus (Rossini) 20:09Enrico Caruso – Una Furtiva Lagrima (Donizetti – Elisir D’ Amore) 22:40M.A.A.Mikhailova And A.Semenov – Serenada 24:20Len Spencer – The Lord’s Prayer 27:05Instrumental Trio – Abkhazuri, Kabardinskiy Tanetz 27:23Abdal Ali – Death Lament 28:32Peking Opera – Old Valet Carries Master’s Letter 29:25Performer Not Given – Japanese Song 30:17American Quartet – A Meeting Of The Limekiln Club 30:55Edison Symphony Orchestra – Down On The Old Plantation 31:23Invincible Quartet – On Board The Oregon 32:44Edison Symphony Orchestra – Old Folks At Home (Suwanee River) 33:05Burt Shepard – Parody On ‘Suwanee River’ 34:44Byron G Harlan & Joe Belmont – Merry Farmer Boy 36:09Joe Belmont – Bird Imitations 37:40Georg Tramer – Czardas 38:11Cal Stewart – Fire Department 39:14Arthur Collins – Under The Bamboo Tree 40:06Invincible Quartet – Fireman’s Duty 42:10Dinwiddie Colored Quartet – Poor Mourner 42:50Dinwiddie Colored Quartet – Down On The Old Camp Ground 43:53Haydn Quartet – Owl And The Pussy Cat 44:44International Phonographic Language School – Italian Lesson #7 45:38Little Russian Choir Conducted By A. Romanchenko – Since The Time I Got Married 45:47Byron G. Harlan And Frank C. Stanley – The First Rehearsal For The Huskin’ Bee 46:43Columbia Band – Arkansaw Husking Bee 47:00George P Watson – Alpine Specialty 48:33William Tuson – Nellie Gray 49:42Victor Minstrel Company – On The Levee 51:12J. Frank Hopkins. – Medley Of Reels 51:24Invincible Quartet – Night Trip To Buffalo 53:31Banda Da Casa Edison – Hino Nacional 53:48Columbia Band – Reminiscences Of Scotland 54:11Len Spencer – Arkansas Traveler 54.53Will F Denny – Parody On ‘ Widow’s Plea For Her Son’ 55:08Len Spencer – Arkansas Traveler 57:13Prof D Wormser – Heimweh 57:22Bohumir 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 (three months ago) Permalink
Billy Murray – Under The Anheuser-BushBeer drinkers and hell raisers of 1902. Been caught in my head all weekend.
― Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Sunday, 13 May 2018 23:03 (three months 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 (three months ago) Permalink
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 (two months ago) Permalink
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 0:00Bohumir Kryl – Sweet Sixteen Waltz 0:05Len Spencer – Lincoln’s Speech At Gettysburg 2:08Vess L. Ossman – The Darkie’s Awakening 2:27Byron G. Harlan And Frank C. Stanley – Two Rubes At The Vaudeville 4:43W. W. Whitlock – Come Under My New Gamp 4:54Albert C. Campbell & Bob Roberts – An Interrupted Courtship On The Elevated Railroad 6:57Albert Sandler Trio – Kashmiri Song (Four Indian Love Lyrics) 7:30Charlus – La Noce Du Chef D’orchestre 10.53Grisard – Une Visite Au Jardin Des Plantes 11.35Paul Fayol – Bonsoir Mam’zelle 12:36Harry Fragson – L’anglais Triste 14:47Harry Fragson – Le Flegme 15:14Jean Péheu – Au Premier De Ces Messieurs 17:06Léonne Et Willekens – Chez Le Dentiste 18:35M. Bergeret – Chant D’afrique 19:16Performers Unknown – Les Deux Pinsons 21:12Martin Bendix – Eine Feine Familie 23:20Kaiser Franz Garde-Grenadier Regiment Nr. 2 – Mill In Schwarzwald 23:46Anonymous – Two Visitors to the St Louis Worlds Fair 25:11J.W. Myers – Come Take A Trip In My Airship 25:28Albert Benzler – Come Take A Trip In My Airship Medley 26:21Len Spencer – Reuben Haskin’s Ride On The Cyclone Auto 27:42Arthur Collins & Byron G. Harlan – Woah, Bill! 27:58Edison Military Band – Good Humor Quadrille 2nd Figure 29:43Cal Stewart – Uncle Josh And The Insurance Agent 31:22Unknown – Lumbering Luke (Concertina Solo) 32:00Booker T. Washington – The Atlanta Compromise Speech 32:35Enrico Caruso – Una Furtiva Lagrima 33:02Alessandro Moreschi – Ave Maria 36:20Mary Garden – Chant Vénitien 39:29Antonina Nezhdanova – La Tenera Parola 40:40Isabel Jay – Poor Wandering One 41:34Gypsy Choir Of V.V.Panina – Sasa Grisha 43:25R.H. Robinson – Jarabe Tapatio 45:24Orquesta Tipica Lerdo – Consentida 46:30Haydn Quartet – New Years At Old Trinity 47:28John Hazel, Frank R. Seltzer And The Edison Military Band – Two Of Us 48:01Burt Shepard – The Boy And The Cheese 49:31Billy Murray – I Can’t Do That Sum 49:47Unknown Performer – Backyard Conversation Between Two Jealous Irish Washerwomen 50:47Arthur Pryor’s Band – Mignon Overture 50:58Byron G. Harlan And Frank C. Stanley – An Evening Call In Jayville Center 53:15Fontbonne, L – Chasse Aux Papillons 53:15Sir Harry Lauder – Tattie Soup 54:02Edison Symphony Orchestra – Down Tennessee – Descriptive Barn Dance 55:04Edison Modern Minstrels – Georgia Minstrels 55:53Frank S. Mazziotta – Bluette 56:16Cal Stewart And Ada Jones – Uncle Josh’s Courtship 57:18Unknown Performer – La Chanson Des Nids 57:35Albert Whelan – Scrooge’s Awakening 58:23Edison Male Quartet – Breeze Of The Night 58:39
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 2 July 2018 11:33 (one month 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 (one month ago) Permalink
― Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Friday, 13 July 2018 01:39 (one month ago) Permalink
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 0:00Arthur Pryor’s Band – A Coon Band Contest 0:12Bernhard Hagen – Walze 10: Zauberformeln Gesungen Von Malim 2:30Edison Concert Band – Skeleton Dance 2:47Len Spencer – The Transformation Scene From “Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde” 4:50Albert Benzler, Henry Nesbit, And The Edison Military Band – Monastery Bells 6:12Banda De Zapadores De Mexico – La Paloma 7:19Juan De Dios Peza – Mi Padre 9:27Higinio Cazón – Recuerdos 9:37Gabino Ezeiza – Cosmopolísimo 10:59Trio Instrumental Arriaga – La Dolores – Jota 12:17Herrera Robinson Y Picazo – La Paloma Azul 14:20Mario Pinheiro – A Boceta De Rapé 15:30Los Montegrins De La Foncella Di Montegri – Queen Of The Flowers 18:47Unknown Performer – I Lamenti De Un Venditore Di Giornali 20:41Pablo De Sarasate – Caprice Basque Op.24 20:58Professor A. Lloyd James – Francis Bacon’s “On Studies” 23:34Maria A. Mikhailova, Acc. Maria Hamowetzkaya – Ave Maria 23:52Padre Agustino – Predica Di Padre Agustino- L’addio 26:17Nellie Melba – Lucia Di Lammermoor 26:38Maria A. Mikhailova – Thou Brilliant Bird 28:02Edgar L. Davenport – Lasca (Excerpt 1) 29:46Virgilio Ranzati – Intermezzo From Op. ‘Rural Honor’ 29:58Vengopal Chari – Different Kind Of Motor Car Noises 31:44Edison Concert Band – The Auto Race 32:00Ada Jones And Len Spencer – Fishing 33:53Harry Lauder – I Love A Lassie 34:30Arthur Collins – The Preacher And The Bear 36:19Arthur Collins – The Goose-Bone Man 38:17Donna & Gladys Of Albina – Souvenir Record From The Lewis & Clark Exposition 38:38Edward M. Favor – Fol-De-Rol-Lol 38:54Len Spencer And Parke Hunter – The Professor And The Musical Tramp 40:44Billy Murray – Give My Regards To Broadway 41:20Billy Murray And Bob Roberts – I’ve Got A Little Money And I Saved It All For You 42:42Bohumir Kryl – King Carnival 43:35Unknown – Discorso Del Tenente Generale Galliano – A Makalle 45:29Garde Republicaine Orchestra, Clarinet Solo By Lefebvre – Fantaisie from Rigoletto 45:39Sofie Roeder – Mazurka 46:38G-N Marko Ivanov – Ne Plachi Maiko Ne Zhali 47:28Harmonies Orchestra Of V.S.Varshavsky – Kamarinskaya 48:08Nikolay Malsky – A Woman Vagabond At The Doctor’s 49:11Professor Barkatullah Khan – Indian Guitar Instrumental- Piloo 49:19Bangalore Nagaratnam – Nitya-Kalyani (Part III) Ragamalika 51:50Tiruvasanallur Narayanasami Iyer – Pallavi Sankarabharanam-Adhi Talam 54:19Pryor’s Orchestra – The Whistler And His Dog 54:50Unknown Performer(s) – Una Prova In Orchestra- Scena Comica 56:11Arthur Pryor’s Band – Razazza Mazzazza 57:14Herbert L. Clarke And John Hazel – The Friendly Rivals 59:08John Lawson’s Dramatic Company – Scene From Play ‘Humanity’ 1:00:36Rogers And Pryor – Misere From Il Trovatore 1:01:10Ada Jones And Len Spencer – Louis And Lena At Luna Park 1:02:27Ada Jones – My Carolina Lady 1:02:57Okofu From Logba – Five Proverbs, Drummed In The Twi Language 1:04:51Nellie Melba – Good-Bye 1:05:22Edgar L. Davenport – Lasca (Excerpt 2) 1:06:02
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 10 August 2018 22:35 (four days ago) Permalink
oh wow! awesome
― Ross, Friday, 10 August 2018 22:45 (four days ago) Permalink
rocking, keep on keepin' on
― Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Saturday, 11 August 2018 00:19 (three days 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 (three days 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 (three days ago) Permalink