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The Internet Archive Is Digitizing & Preserving Over 100,000 Vinyl Records: Hear 750 Full Albums Now via Open Culture

March 30th, 2020 No comments
 

There seems to be widespread agreement—something special was lost in the rushed-to-market move from physical media to digital streaming. We have come to admit that some older musical technologies cannot be improved upon. Musicians, producers, engineers spend thousands to replicate the sound of older analog recording technology, with all its quirky, inconsistent operation. And fans buy record players and vinyl records in surprisingly increasing numbers to hear the warm and fuzzy character of their sound.

Neil Young, who has relentlessly criticized every aspect of digital recording, has dismissed the resurgence of the LP as a “fashion statement” given that most new albums released on vinyl are digital masters. But buyers come to vinyl with a range of expectations, writes Ari Herstand at Digital Music News: “Vinyl is an entire experience. Wonderfully tactile…. When we stare at our screens for the majority of our days, it’s nice to look at art that doesn’t glow and isn’t the size of my hand.” Vinyl can feel and look as good as it sounds (when properly engineered).

#COVID19 Day 6 – Today’s “Office” Playlist via Pandora

March 16th, 2020 Comments off
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Recently Purchased: Hammond B3 Organ Throw Blankets and More! [For Sale]

February 21st, 2020 Comments off

Recently Purchased: Hammond B3 Organ Throw Blankets and More! [For Sale]

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Whenever I am at my friend’s recording studio, I end up taking more pictures of this Hammond B3 organ, Its sound is so important to modern music and its somewhat antiquated look just begs for a photograph. — Douglas

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The Man Who Recorded The World via Library of Congress Blog

January 2nd, 2020 Comments off
 

For decades, Alan Lomax traveled across America, the Caribbean and Europe, with a recorder and a camera in hand, trying to document traditional folk cultures before they disappeared.

Lomax was, in fact, the most famous American folklorist of the 20th century — the first person to record blues greats Muddy Waters and Lead Belly, the man who took down the oral histories of Jelly Roll Morton and Woody Guthrie, the chronicler of religious rites in Haiti and “ring shout” rituals from the Sea Islands off the Atlantic coast.

In his notebooks, Lomax documented his encounters with performers, his extensive travel and his collaborations with famous figures such as Pete Seeger, Zora Neale Hurston and his folklorist father, John Lomax. The Lomax family, friends and colleagues transcribed many of the performances and interviews he undertook during his years of fieldwork — including his stint as a Library employee from 1937 to 1942.

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Christmas Past – 20 in a series – Merry Christmas by John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra; Buck Ram; Bing Crosby; Franz Gruber; Walter Kent; Max Terr’s Mixed Chorus; Kim Gannon; Fred. E. Weatherly

December 20th, 2019 Comments off

Christmas Past – 20 in a series – Merry Christmas by John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra; Buck Ram; Bing Crosby; Franz Gruber; Walter Kent; Max Terr’s Mixed Chorus; Kim Gannon; Fred. E. Weatherly

Christmas Past - 20 in a series - Merry Christmas by John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra; Buck Ram; Bing Crosby; Franz Gruber; Walter Kent; Max Terr's Mixed Chorus; Kim Gannon; Fred. E. Weatherly

 



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Christmas Past – 19 in a series – Community Christmas Carols (1900)

December 19th, 2019 Comments off

Christmas Past – 19 in a series – Community Christmas Carols (1900)

Christmas Past - 19 in a series - Community Christmas Carols (1900)

Christmas Past - 19 in a series - Community Christmas Carols (1900)



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Christmas Past – 15 in a series – Christmas Songs and Carols by Victor Mixed Chorus (1912)

December 15th, 2019 Comments off

Christmas Past – 15 in a series – Christmas Songs and Carols by Victor Mixed Chorus (1912)

Christmas Past - 15 in a series - Christmas Songs and Carols by Victor Mixed Chorus (1912)

Mixed Chorus with orchestra; “Christians, Awake !” – “Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem” – “God Rest You, Merry Gentlemen” – “The First Nowell” – “Silent Night”.

Digitized at 78 revolutions per minute. Three stylii were used to transfer this record. They are 2.3mil truncated conical, 2.8mil truncated conical, 3.3mil truncated conical.

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Christmas Past – 13 in a series – Hark! the Herald Angels Sing by Trinity Choir (1911)

December 13th, 2019 Comments off

Christmas Past – 13 in a series – Hark! the Herald Angels Sing by Trinity Choir (1911)

Christmas Past - 13in a series - Hark! the Herald Angels Sing by Trinity Choir (1911)

Christmas Hymn; Mixed Voices with orchestra.

Digitized at 78 revolutions per minute. Four stylii were used to transfer this record. They are 3.8mil truncated conical, 2.3mil truncated conical, 2.8mil truncated conical, 3.3mil truncated conical.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2019 26 Hammond B3 Organ Laptop Sleeves and More! [For Sale]

November 26th, 2019 Comments off

Holiday Gift Guide 2019 26 Hammond B3 Organ Laptop Sleeves and More! [For Sale]

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Holiday Gift Guide 2019 17: Pretty Snare Drums All In A Row Graphic T-Shirt and More! [For Sale]

November 17th, 2019 Comments off

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My friend, Paul, runs a cool recording studio in North Hollywood (ReadyMixMusic.com) and has collected these snare drums over the years. Clients can come in and choose the perfect snare sound for their track. A few months ago he decided to turn them into an art display, too. I took some photographs the moment I saw it. Too cool not to. — Douglas

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