Centuries of Sound and Vision

A new decade, a new project for Centuries of Sound. From now on I’ll be sporadically uploading video versions of the mixes. Eventually these will be a knitting together of contemporary films with the audio from the mixes. For the first ten or so, it’s a bit difficult to achieve this, as you will see – so I won’t make a fuss about these until I make one I actually think really works, maybe around the late 1890s.

Here is the first one, an illustration of the first mix.

CoS on Geopats: Virtual Expats


Earlier this month I did an interview about the show and my life as an expat for an excellent show called ‘Geopats’ – here is the blurb from their site

Has music ever soothed your soul and made you feel connected again? Yes, me too. And it sounds like the same happened to James when he was an expat for well over a decade. He is back in his home country now so his perspective on his time in the Czech Republic and China are especially poignant. As is the origin story for his intensely researched and impressively sounding podcast, Centuries of Sound.

The episode can be found here – https://geopats.podbean.com/e/expat-isolation-music-with-james-errington-centuries-of-sound-podcast/ – or on any good podcast app by searching for ‘Geopats’

There are also extensive show notes on the show host’s websites, including many links.


1920 in Film


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

One Week


Haunted Spooks

Anna Boleyn

The Flapper

The Golem: How He Came into the World

Within Our Gates

High and Dizzy


Convict 13

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The Mollycoddle

The Last of the Mohicans

The Penalty

Way Down East



Huckleberry Finn

Outside the Law

Excuse My Dust

The Round-Up

The Restless Sex

The Mark of Zorro

Why Change Your Wife?


Nomads of the North

Something to Think About


CoS on Your Podcast or Mine


I did an interview on Your Podcast or Mine, where I talk about the show, the process of making it and my favourite podcasts. The interview can be found by searching for ‘Your Podcast or Mine’ wherever you get your podcasts, or you can stream it by following the link below.


Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 15 (1907)

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Time: 8pm BST, Saturday 12th October 2019

Place: Cambridge 105fm

Audio historian DJ James Errington takes you on another time travel adventure, this time to hear some original sounds from 1907, including some wonderful stuff from Enrico Caruso, a few original vaudeville routines and some very premature Christmas cheer.

Listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital nationwide, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps – or, as it’s too late to do any of these things, just stream it below.

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 14 (1906)


Time: 8pm BST, Saturday 14th September 2019

Place: Cambridge 105fm

Another journey back in time with James Errington bringing you original historic recordings, this time from 1906, the year of the San Francisco earthquake. We have a brace of songs from the brilliant Bert Williams, plenty of music hall and vaudeville, and a performance of Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag from Sousa’s Band.

Listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital nationwide, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps – or, as it is now too late to do any of these things, listen using the facility below.