14 episodes

In the early 1900s, the great and good at the Paris Opera buried an urn full of “living voices”—Gramophone recordings of famous opera stars—to be disinterred after a century. When those urns were opened, mysterious recordings were discovered. Who made them? And why?

The Shattered Podcast Lesser of 2 Weevils

    • Fiction
    • 4.2 • 5 Ratings

In the early 1900s, the great and good at the Paris Opera buried an urn full of “living voices”—Gramophone recordings of famous opera stars—to be disinterred after a century. When those urns were opened, mysterious recordings were discovered. Who made them? And why?

    The Shattered Podcast - Episode 1

    The Shattered Podcast - Episode 1

    In the early 1900s, the great and good at the Paris Opera buried an urn full of “living voices”—Gramophone recordings of famous opera stars—to be disinterred after a century. When those urns were opened, mysterious recordings were discovered. Who made them? And why?
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    Nemo is a historical sound recording specialist in Paris. She finds some cylinder recordings that are uncatalogued by the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris and don’t belong in the Palais Garnier collections. Who made them and why? Lesser of 2 Weevils brings you The Shattered Podcast, with music by Katharine Seaton.  https://katharineseaton.com/
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    Thank you to the City of London Phonograph and Gramophone Society.  Thank you to our generous Kickstarter backers: David Ault, Brian Baker, Rachael Barnes, Jamie Beckwith, Robert and Esperanza Beckwith, Liz Beckwith-Wilches, Heidi Blaisdell, Hugh Chignell, Lesley Blaker, Greg Burrell, Jenny Chambers, Deborah Cole, Tony Cross, Nathalie Dobrzan, Leslie Donovan, Carl and Joanne Donsbach, Fraser Durie, Will Forbes, Adam Fowler, Jo Furber, Sarah Golding, Luke Harrison, Alex Hayes, Michael Hudson, Amaris Feland Ketcham, Evan Kidd, Matthew Kilburn, Matthew Kresal, Kathryn Lenth, Elaine Montague, Gary Morrisroe, Sharon Mulready, Gonzo Olivas, Carol Renfro, Illene Renfro, Sally Renfro, Steven Sautter, Maddy Searle, Robert Sholl, Adrian Smith, Sophie Stephenson-Wright, Paul Talmey, Kathy Wasserlein, Ella Watts, Lee Wells, Brian Williams, Stephanie VN, and Erebusodora.
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    Nemo’s copy of “Vin où Biére” from Faust - Trasmissione radiofonica del 6 aprile 1940 dalla Boston Opera House - Creative Commons "Attribuzione - Non commerciale - Condividi allo stesso modo 4.0 Internazionale" - www.liberliber.it/online/autori/au…is-gounod/faust/
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    • 20 min
    The Shattered Podcast - Episode 5

    The Shattered Podcast - Episode 5

    Nemo and Phil track down a parléophon recording and speak to a generous collector about his obscure 1905 Gramophone recording on church organ.  What does this have to do with the Volta Lab-esque cylinders and who is the mysterious and otherworldly voice they hear singing on the digitized parléphon?  Shattered is produced by Lesser of 2 Weevils with theme music by Katharine Seaton. https://katharineseaton.com/ 
     
    Additional music by Robert Sholl.  Music also performed by Robert Sholl and Matt Pouchin. I Puritani by Vincenzo Bellini with libretto by Count Carlo Pepoli.  With thanks to Peter Adamson.
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    Transcripts can be found at https://theshatteredpodcast.com/bonus/

    • 17 min
    The Shattered Podcast - Episode 6

    The Shattered Podcast - Episode 6

    Phil speaks to a historian at the Academy of Asian Cultures and Languages, and a film historian points Nemo and Phil toward a film that may be cursed. Shattered is produced by Lesser of 2 Weevils with theme music by Katharine Seaton. https://katharineseaton.com/  Additional music by Robert Sholl. 
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    Transcripts can be found at https://theshatteredpodcast.com/bonus/

    • 17 min
    The Shattered Podcast - Episode 7

    The Shattered Podcast - Episode 7

    Nemo and Phil are joined by two guests from Chicago, Dustin and Dani.  What links the graphophone from 1897 that Dustin acquired to the Volta Lab-esque cylinders?  Who is the “unknown pursuer” mentioned in the note that accompanies the graphophone?  Could Nemo and Phil be on the trail of the long-fabled phonautogram sound recording of Abraham Lincoln?  Shattered is produced by Lesser of 2 Weevils with theme music by Katharine Seaton. https://katharineseaton.com/  Additional music by Robert Sholl. 
    Transcripts can be found at https://theshatteredpodcast.com/bonus/

    • 6 min
    The Shattered Podcast - Episode 8

    The Shattered Podcast - Episode 8

    Please note that this episode contains mature language.
    Nemo and Phil are joined by guests Dustin and Dani, and Laila Lim, a languages student.  Tensions and technical difficulties mar the investigation.   Dustin’s graphophone delivers major revelations. But will the investigators still be around for another episode?  Shattered is produced by Lesser of 2 Weevils with theme music by Katharine Seaton. https://katharineseaton.com/ 
    Additional music by Robert Sholl.  Music also performed by Robert Sholl and Matt Pouchin. I Puritani by Vincenzo Bellini with libretto by Count Carlo Pepoli. 
    Transcripts can be found at https://theshatteredpodcast.com/bonus/

    • 19 min
    The Shattered Podcast - Episode 9

    The Shattered Podcast - Episode 9

    Dustin thinks he knows who the interviewer is on the graphophone. Phil doesn’t believe in curses. Shattered is produced by Lesser of 2 Weevils with theme music by Katharine Seaton. https://katharineseaton.com/ 
    Additional music by Robert Sholl.  Music also performed by Robert Sholl and Matt Pouchin. I Puritani by Vincenzo Bellini with libretto by Count Carlo Pepoli. 
    Transcripts can be found at https://theshatteredpodcast.com/bonus/

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

~ Violet ~ ,

Familiar

Fiction podcast fans will notice a lot of familiar elements here … dusty stores of found recordings, long-form investigation with more questions than answers, a pair of unlikely researchers, and heavy references to former works (naming which former works will be a welcome diversion). A note about the sound quality — some of the rough sound is deliberate, some is not. By E4 I was really struggling, which really limits my listening options.

Sirrencia ,

A compelling, if difficult listen

The plot and its unveiling is compelling. Surprisingly so, in my case. The subject matter is an uncommon one, and normally, I’d recommend it on that alone. I fell the podcast is dragged down by its audio quality. I understand that it’s often diegetic, but its authenticity makes it very difficult to listen to.

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