19 episodes

This podcast ponders the moment we began to play back recorded sounds. It's a factual history of the phonograph and gramophone, but told through dreams and nightmares of the voices of the dead, the nature of time, the rapture, AI, androids, elephants, canned foods, mechanical menaces, alchemy, and so on. Now hear this.

Noise in the Groove: The Origin of Sound Recording Ramsey Janini

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    • 4.3 • 7 Ratings

This podcast ponders the moment we began to play back recorded sounds. It's a factual history of the phonograph and gramophone, but told through dreams and nightmares of the voices of the dead, the nature of time, the rapture, AI, androids, elephants, canned foods, mechanical menaces, alchemy, and so on. Now hear this.

    Episode 1 – Mind the Gap

    Episode 1 – Mind the Gap

    Hello, and welcome to the show. This episode introduces the main themes of the podcast. I explain what sound recording means to me and why I think it’s worth thinking about. You’ll also get to listen to the first recognisable and audible recording of the human voice.

    • 19 min
    Episode 2 – How Do You Open This Thing?

    Episode 2 – How Do You Open This Thing?

    Here we go. We set off on our unexpected journey into the audible past, beginning with the question, ‘Why are we in England?’ But then: Edison and Tesla, deafness, tinfoil, circus elephants, mechanical menaces, canned foods, corpses, and a new and wonderful phonograph.

    • 23 min
    Episode 3 – The Reading List

    Episode 3 – The Reading List

    In this episode I discuss the ideas and research of the historians and philosophers who have informed and influenced the way I think about recorded sound. I talk about: fabulous phonographs, soundscapes, perfect prisons, self-subjugation, technological determinism and the wonderful worlds of Friedrich Kittler and Jonathan Sterne.

    • 20 min
    Episode 4 – I Hear the Phonograph a Comin’

    Episode 4 – I Hear the Phonograph a Comin’

    It’s rollin’ round the bend. We begin where we left off in episode 2, and from there: Moore’s law, AI, alchemy, the Emerald Tablet, Edison, the earliest recording of a train, self-help books, Darwin, scientists, proper operators, Yankee swindles, and beyond.

    • 25 min
    Episode 5 – It’s Recording : Say Something

    Episode 5 – It’s Recording : Say Something

    This episode starts with a story that sends us back to the 10th of March of 1879. From there, we try to get a sense of what it was like to encounter and listen to recorded sound for the very first time. After that, we add a bit of physiology and music to the mix,+ Read More

    • 25 min
    Tales in the Groove 1 – An Adagio for Stalin

    Tales in the Groove 1 – An Adagio for Stalin

    Welcome to Tales in the Groove, a NITG spinoff exploring my favourite stories, legends and myths from the history of sound recording and recorded music. We start the series with a story about the death of Joseph Stalin, the life of the amazing Maria Yudina, and a midnight Mozart recording session. The episode ends with the adagio+ Read More

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Pesky without Fleksy ,

Enjoyably Informative

There is so much great info packed into this podcast; it’s more like reading a book, then anything els. One of the best aspects of this show is that its not simply a factual account of the historical events, instead, it delves into the social and cultural implications of sound recording. I particularly enjoyed the episode about the Soviet Union pianist. I do believe that this show could be even better if it more tightly combined the sounds of the past with the script of the narrator; in other words, if it did more fun and involved things with sound editing. If you are interested in the history of sound recording, this is a must listen.. Keep up the great work.

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