Centuries of Sound in 2021

Has it been a busy year for Centuries of Sound, or has it been a slow one? Well, a bit of both.

There have certainly been more visitors to the site:

Here are the most popular pages, interesting that one of them is just a link to another podcast, should probably do something about that.

…and the most popular downloads. Bear in mind that naturally episodes released at the start of the year will have more downloads (so 1937 is doing well, and 1933 not so well)

Due to work commitments there hasn’t been a lot of new content at CoS in the last year, just steady progress towards the present.

In 2022, on the other hand, there are a few new projects in the works. Here is the Centuries of Sound Bandcamp page, where I will be uploading compilations as well as a few other bits of music I’ve made myself – https://centuriesofsound.bandcamp.com/

Happy New Year!

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 39 (Halloween 1902-1926)

Time: 6pm BST, Sunday 24th October
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

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

You can listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps, or play the whole extended version on this mixcloud player, as you’ve already missed it.

The CoS Tapes #6 – Brass Peacocks 1897-1906

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John Philip Sousa’s world was a regimented one, as befitted a military band man, but when he left trombonist Arthur Pryor alone to record some “tinned music” he inadvertently created one of the most extravagant moments in turn-of-the-century music. Soon brass soloists of all varieties were competing to fill two minutes of wax with the most excessive collection of flourishes and sfx they could muster. By the late 1900s they had all apparently calmed down – but for a decade at least the peacocks were producing some of the most exciting music ever recorded.

01 – Bohumir Kryl – Arbucklenian Polka (1903)
02 – Arthur Pryor with Sousa’s Band – The Patriot (1901)
03 – Herbert L. Clarke And John Hazel – The Friendly Rivals (1905)
04 – Bohumir Kryl – Carnival Of Venice (1902)
05 – Sousa’s Band – Trombone Sneeze (1902)
06 – Bohumir Kryl – Sweet Sixteen Waltz (1904)
07 – Leo A. Zimmerman & The Edison Concert Band – Leona Polka (1903)
08 – Columbia Orchestra – Sea Flower Polka (1897)
09 – Bohumir Kryl – King Carnival (1905)
10 – John Hazel & The Edison Military Band – Secret Polka (1903)
11 – Bohumir Kryl – Russian Fantasia (with Variations) (1902)
12 – John Hazel, Frank R. Seltzer And The Edison Military Band – Two Of Us (1904)
13 – Bohumir Kryl – Sing, Smile, Slumber (1906)
14 – Albert Bode & Columbia Band – Seashell Waltz (1903)
15 – Bohumir Kryl – National Fantasia (1903)
16 – Bohumir Kryl – Kryl’s Favorite (1904)
17 – John C Martin – Arbucklenian Polka (1901)
18 – Sousa’s Band with Arthur Pryor – Love Thoughts Waltz (1898)

The CoS Tapes #5 – Russian Records 1901-1908 #3 – Already The Evening Enfolds The Distant Fields

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Centuries of Sound Presents – Deep Magic: Christmas Recordings 1902-1924

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This compilation of Christmas recordings spans an era which includes the entirety of WW1 and the influenza pandemic of 1918/1919, but of course you wouldn’t guess it from the contents. The only reminder perhaps is the two different versions of “Silent Night”, which was famously sung by opposing sides in the trenches at Christmas 1914.

I’m presenting this in two formats – a mix, which is on my main feed at centuriesofsound.com and as a compilation, which is only available to patrons. Join my patreon at patreon.com/centuriesofsound and get a load of bonus content like this, as well as helping this site to survive in these very difficult times.

Here is the tracklist, the same for both versions.

00:00 Harry E. Humphrey – Santa Claus Hides In Your Phonograph
03:17 Choir Of The Royal Court Opera With Orchestra And Church Bells, Acc. Harmonium, Bells – Silent Night, Holy Night
06:07 Gilbert Girard – Santa Claus Tells of Mother Goose Land
07:43 Band – Christmas Memories
11:41 Nebe-Quartett – O Tannenbaum
13:31 Albert Whelan – Scrooge’s Awakening
15:44 Edison Concert Band – Bells Of Christmas
19:55 Thomas Edison – Mr. Edison’s Christmas Greetings
24:05 George Hamilton Green Novelty Orchestra – Moonlight Waltz
27:36 George Islon – Christmas Eve In The Old Homestead
30:06 Edison Mixed Quartet – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
33:07 Metropolitan Quartet – Christmas, Christmas, Blessed, Blessed Day
36:34 Bransby Williams – The Street Watchman’s Christmas
40:29 Edison Concert Band And The Edison Mixed Quartet – Ring Out The Bells For Christmas
44:40 Carol Singers – Joy To The World
47:06 Yolande Noble And Percy Clifton – Buying The Christmas Dinner
49:20 Robert Gayler – Christmas Eve- a Fantasie On Old German Christmas Carols
52:17 Manuel Romain – Christmas Time Seems Years And Years Away
54:14 Harry E. Humphrey – The Night Before Christmas
57:35 Elizabeth Spencer, Harry Anthony And James F. Harrison – Silent Night

Merry Christmas!

Centuries of Sound

I’ve put together a promotional clip, or if you prefer “advert” for Centuries of Sound, just as a simple thing to share with people to introduce the project. It includes quotes from the media and samples from the mixes so far, along with some bits of film.

If you would like to share it with anyone, you can find it in these places:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Centuries_Sound/status/1331262907477356545

Facebook: https://fb.watch/1Zbi2fzYdY/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7Yn13Ozz2E

(the best one is probably Twitter, as that’s the social network I spend the most time on. The video is unfortunately too long for Instagram, but since I’ve never really managed to get the show to work on there, it’s no great loss)

The CoS Tapes #4 – Russian Records 1901-1908 #2 – Thou Brilliant Bird in the Forest

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Elsewhere in 1925

January 3 – Benito Mussolini makes a pivotal speech in the Italian Chamber of Deputies. Historians now trace this speech to the beginning of Mussolini’s dictatorship.

January 27–February 1 – The 1925 serum run to Nome (the “Great Race of Mercy”) relays diphtheria antitoxin by dog sled across the U.S. territory of Alaska, to combat an epidemic.

February 21 – The cover date of the very first issue of The New Yorker.

March 4 – Calvin Coolidge is sworn in for a full term as President of the United States, in the first inauguration to be broadcast on radio.

March 18 – The Tri-State Tornado, the deadliest in U.S. history, rampages through Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, killing 695 people and injuring 2,027

April – The Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes opens in Paris, giving a name to the Art Deco style.

April 10 – F. Scott Fitzgerald publishes The Great Gatsby

April 20 – Iranian forces of Rezā Shāh occupies Ahvaz and arrests Sheikh Khaz’al.

April 28 – Presenting the budget, Chancellor of the Exchequer Winston Churchill announces Britain’s return to the gold standard.

May 5 – Dayton, Tennessee, biology teacher John T. Scopes is arrested for teaching Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.

June 13 – Charles Francis Jenkins achieves the first synchronized transmission of pictures and sound, using 48 lines and a mechanical system in ”the first public demonstration of radiovision”

July 18 – Adolf Hitler publishes Volume 1 of his personal manifesto Mein Kampf.

July 21 – In Dayton, Tennessee, high school biology teacher John T. Scopes is found guilty of teaching evolution in class and fined $100.

August 8 – The Ku Klux Klan demonstrates its popularity by holding a parade with an estimated 30,000-35,000 marchers in Washington DC.

October 1 – Mount Rushmore National Memorial is dedicated in South Dakota.

October 2 – In London, John Logie Baird successfully transmits the first television pictures with a greyscale image.

October 5–16 – The Locarno Treaties are negotiated.

November 14 – The first Surrealist art exhibition opens in Paris.

November 26 – Prajadhipok (Rama VII) is crowned as King of Siam.

November 28 – The weekly country music-variety radio program Grand Ole Opry is first broadcast on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee, as the ”WSM Barn Dance”.

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