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Audio time travel with mixes for every year of recorded sound, starting in the 1850s and working our way through to the present. "Radio podcasts" are bonus commentary with occasional guests. Find out more at centuriesofsound.com

Centuries of Sound James M Errington

    • Music
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Audio time travel with mixes for every year of recorded sound, starting in the 1850s and working our way through to the present. "Radio podcasts" are bonus commentary with occasional guests. Find out more at centuriesofsound.com

    Radio Podcast – Halloween Special #1 (1902-1926)

    Radio Podcast – Halloween Special #1 (1902-1926)

    In this very special episode of Centuries of Sound, sound curator James Errington plays a selection of Halloween-themed recordings from the acoustic recording era, prior to 1927. Be ready for ghosts, skeletons, vampires, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, “The Goose Bone Man” and Mr Halloween himself, Aleister Crowley



    Centuries of Sound is an independent podcast without any advertising, and it’s only with the support of my patrons that the show can survive. To download full mixes, get early access to the radio podcast, and a get host of other benefits for $5 (or local equivalent) per month (and yearly payment is also now available) please come to https://patreon.com/centuriesofsound

    Halloween Between The Wars – Original Recordings 1927-1938

    Halloween Between The Wars – Original Recordings 1927-1938

    This mix is also available as a compilation for Patreon supporters here and at Bandcamp here. I make Centuries of Sound on my own in whatever scraps of time I can find. Please help me find more scraps by supporting the project (and get a load of extra content too!)



    When we think of the great depression of the 1930s, the images which may spring to mind - The Grapes of Wrath, the dustbowl songs of Woody Guthrie - are generally from the 1940s. Popular entertainment of the thirties leaned not on realism, but on escapism. This is the golden age, not only of Hollywood musicals, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rodgers, Busby Berkley routines and screwball comedy, but also of horror movies. So who better to guide us into this mix of Halloween music than Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula from 1931, released the same year as Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and James Whale's Frankenstein, and a year before the first appearance of The Mummy. Aside from the film clips, we naturally have plenty of novelty recordings, original sound effect records, hot jazz, and to close a suite of particularly morbid blues records.



    Track listing



    00:00 Bela Lugosi - Clip from Dracula (1931)
    00:02 Gennett Sound Effects - Rainfall and Thunder (1936)
    (Clip from Frankenstein - 1931)
    00:44 Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski - Toccata and Fugue in D minor (1927)
    01:26 Artie Shaw And His Orchestra - Nightmare (1938)
    (Clip from Dracula - 1931)
    04:20 Borrah Minnevitch - The Ghost Walk (1933)
    06:40 Manny Gould and Ben Harrison - Scrappy’s Ghost Story (1935)
    07:51 Five Jones Boys - Mr Ghost Goes To Town (1936)
    10:43 Putney Dandridge - Skeleton In The Closet (1936)
    (Clip from Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf)
    13:19 Prairie Ramblers - Ghost in the Graveyard (1938)
    (HMV Weather Effects - Wind - 1935)
    15:59 New Mayfair Dance Orchestra - The Haunted House (1931)
    (Clip from The Shadow - Circle of Death - 1937)
    19:32 Raymond Scott - War Dance For Wooden Indians (1937)
    (Clip from The Mummy - 1932)
    21:59 Truett & George - Ghost Dance (1927)
    (Clip from Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - 1931)
    (Clip from Mediale Musik - The Speech Of Ancient Egypt, 18th Dynasty - 1938)
    24:55 Washboard Rhythm Kings - Call Of The Freaks (1931)
    (Clip from Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - 1931)
    27:50 Victor Arden, Phil Ohman, & their Orchestra - Dancing the Devil Away (1930)
    (Clip from Reverend Johnny Blakey - Warming By The Devil's Fire - 1928)
    31:07 Fletcher Henderson - Hotter Than 'ell (1934)
    (Clip from Island of Lost Souls - 1932)
    34:01 Rev. A.W. Nix - Black Diamond Express to Hell (1927)
    34:41 Cab Calloway - The Nightmare (1931)
    (Clip from Murders in the Zoo - 1933)
    (Clip from Tomatoes Another Day - 1930)
    37:27 Henry Hall BBC Dance Orchestra - Here Comes The Bogey Man (1932)
    (Clip from The Old Dark House - 1932)
    40:39 Bertha Idaho - Graveyard Love (1928)
    (Clip from Vampyr - 1932)
    44:02 Skip James - Devil Got My Woman (1931)
    (Clip from Bride of Frankenstein - 1935)
    47:08 Victoria Spivey - Blood Thirsty Blues (1928)
    (Clip from Gennett Sound Effects - Night Noises - 1936)
    (Clip from The Shadow - Circle of Death - 1937)
    50:30 Josh White - Blood Red River (1933)
    (Clip from The Old Dark House - 1932)
    53:46 Joe Mccoy - Evil Devil Woman Blues (1934)
    (HMV Weather Effects - Wind - 1935)
    (Clip from The Shadow - Circle of Death - 1937)
    56:59 Walter Page - Blue Devil Blues (1930)
    (Clip from Gennett Sound Effects - Rainfall and Thunder - 1936)
    (Clip from King Kong - 1933)

    Hallowe’en Dance: Original Recordings 1902-1926

    Hallowe’en Dance: Original Recordings 1902-1926

    Beginning Halloween Week at Centuries of Sound, here's a mix of Halloween-themed music and spoken word recordings from the pre-electrical era.



    This mix is also available in compilation format - to supporters on Patreon, and on the Centuries of Sound Bandcamp page







    00:00 Aleister Crowley- The Call Of The First And Second Aethyr (Ca. 1920)
    01:21 Original Dixieland Jazz Band - Skeleton Jangle (1918)
    04:14 Bert Williams - Never Mo' (1916)
    06:52 Sodero's Band - The Vampire. Dance Characteristic (1918)
    10:24 Billy Murray - I'm Afraid to Come Home in the Dark (1908)
    12:36 Len Spencer - The Transformation Scene From ''Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde'' (1905)
    14:46 Edith Wilson and Johnny Dunn Original Jazz Hounds - Evil Blues (1923)
    18:04 Edison Concert Band - Skeleton Dance (1905)
    20:17 Arthur Collins - The Goose-Bone Man (1905)
    22:24 Unknown Artist - Brown Wax Home Recording of Comic Ghost Stories (Ca. 1910)
    24:42 Six Brown Brothers - Ghost of the Saxophone (1917)
    27:20 American Symphony Orchestra - Hallowe'en Dance (1909)
    29:22 New Orleans Owls - The Nightmare (1926)
    32:29 Victor Military Band - Spooky Spooks (1917)
    35:12 Abdal Ali - Death Lament (1902)
    39:00 Al Weston & Irene Young - At The Circus (1921)
    42:24 Unknown Artist - Okeh Laughing Record (1922)

    Radio Podcast #19 – 1911

    Radio Podcast #19 – 1911

    Time travel through audio history with James Errington, this time joined by Cambridge 105’s own Kasia Wozniak to listen to the sounds of 1911, featuring Eastern European émigrés Al Jolson, Irving Berlin and Sophie Tucker; the future president of Poland playing some Chopin; scat singing 15 years before it was supposedly invented; a story about three trees and a bunny rabbit and another story where a baby is mistaken for a piano, and hilarity ensues.



    Centuries of Sound is an independent podcast without any advertising, and it’s only with the support of my patrons that the show can survive. To download full mixes, get early access to the radio podcast, and a get host of other benefits for $5 (or local equivalent) per month (and yearly payment is also now available) please come to https://patreon.com/centuriesofsound

    1943 Part 12 – December + Closing

    1943 Part 12 – December + Closing

    At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. The download here is only for the twelth section of the mix. For the full 4.5-hour version please come to patreon.com/centuriesofsound for downloads and a host of other bonus materials for just $5 per month. This show would not be possible without my supporters on there, so please consider signing up or sharing this with someone who may be interested.





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    Tracklist



    (Clip from Review of The Year 1943)
    (Clip from BBC - Freddy Grisewood Reports on Tehran Conference)
    00:49 The Stuff Smith Trio - Humoresque
    (Clip from Amos & Andy - Candy for Caroline)
    (Clip from Fibber McGee & Molly)
    03:20 Dicky Wells and His Orchestra - I Got Rhythm
    (Clip from CBC - Canadian Women Serving Overseas - Marietta McPherson)
    (Clips from CBC - Wartime Rations Christmas - Dorothy Batchellor)
    (Clip of Edward R Murrow)
    05:40 Nat King Cole Trio - Embraceable You
    (Clip from Jane Eyre)
    09:32 Shamshad Begum & Motilal - O Jaanewale Aaja
    (Clip from Five Graves To Cairo)
    (Clips from Mother America)
    11:50 Custódio Mesquita - Brejeiro
    (Clip from Wartime With Bob Hope - The Christmas Package)
    13:22 The Andrews Sisters - Sing (Radio Broadcast)
    (Clip from BBC - King George Christmas Speech)
    (Clip from CBS World News Today)
    17:32 Bing Crosby & The Andrew Sisters - Victory Polka
    (Clips from CBC - Matthew Hatton - Canadians Attack Ortona)
    (Clip from Mother America)
    19;38 Xavier Cugat - Linda Mujer
    (Clip from Cockney Slang)
    (Clip from Amos & Andy - Candy for Caroline)
    (Clip from Fibber McGee & Molly)
    (Clip from Dynamite Cargo)
    (Clip from Shadow of a Doubt)
    (Clip from Review of The Year 1943)
    (Clip from Popeye - Seeing Red, White & Blue)

    1943 Part 11 – November

    1943 Part 11 – November

    At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. The download here is only for the eleventh section of the mix. For the full 4.5-hour version please come to patreon.com/centuriesofsound for downloads and a host of other bonus materials for just $5 per month. This show would not be possible without my supporters on there, so please consider signing up or sharing this with someone who may be interested.





    MP3 download | Patreon | Apple | Mixcloud | Spotify | Castbox | Stitcher



    Tracklist



    (Clip from Review of The Year 1943)
    00:36 Wild Bill Davison & his Commodores - That's a Plenty
    (Clips from Here Is Your War)
    02:27 Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five - Deacon Jones
    (Clips from BBC - In Honour of Russia - Mary Lane)
    06:04 Yma Sumack con Conjunto Folklórico Peruano de Moisés Vivanco - Waraka Tusuy
    (Clip from Sahara)
    (Clip from BBCF - Ici Londres - Messages Personnels)
    09:37 Charles Trenet - Douce France
    (Clip from Amos & Andy - Turkey Trouble)
    13:11 Nat King Cole - It's Only A Paper Moon
    (Clip from Commercial - Waste Kitchen Fats)
    14:25 Fats Waller - Up Jumped You With Love

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

kaphed ,

Totally fascinating

I really love the radio podcasts about early recordings. Simultaneously a lesson in history and technology and art

iFoundMolly ,

Fantastic

Just so cool. The episodes from the 1930’s are like entering an auditory museum. And the contemporary episodes (2018 & 2019) have a really eclectic mix of music. Probably 2/3 of which I’ve never heard before, but I really appreciate the wide variety. What an excellent project. My favorite recent podcast discovery, thanks to being featured on The Browser newsletter.

ChiClif ,

New listener and love it.

Thanks for doing this! How cool.

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