NAMM’s resident Music Historian Dan Del Fiorentino and co-hosts examine the innovative creations, evolution of musical instruments, the changing world of music retail, music industry icons, and other topics covered in NAMM’s Oral History program. The NAMM Oral History program boasts over 4,500 interviews and is continually growing. For more information about NAMM’s Oral History program please visit https://www.namm.org/library.
EP. 118 - Sylvia Massy
While listening to our favorite music, we often overlook the unseen force, creativity and vast knowledge of the recording engineer. Join us for this exciting episode of the Music History Project (with a special guest) as we discover the background and techniques of a true pioneer, Sylvia Massy!
EP. 117 - Songwriters 2
What 80’s hit was written on the toilet? Was “Puff, The Magic Dragon” really about marijuana use? These and other burning questions will be answered in this month’s episode of the Music History Project! We will be learning the backstories of songs written by Jason Mraz, Valerie Day & John Smith, Jerry Fuller, Mark Stein, Peter Yarrow, Gail Davies, and Trevor Rabin. Join us for this fun-filled episode!
Ep. 116 - Songwriters 1
Why do werewolves dine at Lee Ho Fooks, and what is a Schlimazel? All throughout the NAMM Oral History interview collection are the stories of songwriters talking about the inspirations behind their musical creations. Join us as we reveal fun facts about such songs as “Werewolves of London,” the TV theme to Laverne & Shirley as well as several other classic hits. This episode is guaranteed to make you smile!
Ep. 115 - Dr. George Shaw
This Episode of The Music History Project is dedicated to the great music educator and musician Dr. George Shaw. Hear how Dr. Shaw became an accomplished trumpeter and a gifted college professor. His passion for education and life-long learning has inspired generations of young musicians.
Ep. 114 - Frank Zappa
Join Alex and Dan for this episode of the Music History Project as we highlight the musical innovator and stylistically diverse Frank Zappa. Hear from some of the musicians who played in his bands as well as the technicians who worked with him on stage and in his home studio.
Ep. 113 - Robert Yates
Join the Music History Project team as we explore some fascinating facts about the ukulele! While reviewing NAMM’s interview of Robert Yates, we are provided insight into the instruments interesting history as well as the making of the ukulele. Mr. Yates, known as Uncle Uke, provides a wonderful look at the uke’s background and he even plays for us!
Great content, production needs improvement
As far as content goes this podcast is a must for any music lover. NAMM has done a wonderful service to the industry by producing this.
Unfortunately the final production needs some work. Pops and static are unavoidable on older interviews recorded on mag tape but these aren’t removed and sometimes blow your eardrums out (particularly on the Elvis episodes). Also while it is unsurprising that the original interview process did not emphasize recording the interviewer’s voice, the interview question is sometimes relevant and you have to turn up the volume to hear it, only to have your eardrums blown out again when the interviewees answer (or worse in one case when the closing theme song plays).
Given this is spoken content it is fine and should be very simple to clean up the recordings at the loss of some fidelity, to make the listening process more enjoyable.
All in all however, a great podcast!
Music History Project
I wanted fewer talking heads and more music examples. I sampled different episodes and was disappointed when someone talked about a recording effect or instrument sound with no illustration. After a while, the hosts’ voices got on my nerves.
A lot of interesting information but it’s supposed to be about music. Let’s HEAR it.
Kind of disappointing
The subject matter and interviewees are both incredible, but the hosts are very disappointing. The interview responses are not engaging, the transitions between interview sections are awkward and often seem to cut off interesting conversations, the research details are lacking, and so on. Trying my best to stick around but losing faith.