Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 34 (1926)

Time: 6pm BST, Sunday 25th April 2021
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

Audio archaeologist James Errington is joined by Cambridge 105’s Pete Butchers to excavate the sounds of 1926, the year jazz exploded and country roots music started to sizzle. Join us for the hits and the hidden gems of this wonderful year.

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.

But actually you can’t do any of those things as the show has already finished – no worries though, here is an extended version on Mixcloud.

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 33 (1925)

Time: 8pm GMT, Saturday 27th February 2021
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

Another trip into the early days of recorded sound with audio curator James Errington – this time joined by Cambridge 105’s own Greg Butler to dive into the sounds of 1925, including early jazz recordings by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson, pioneering country and folk recordings, stride piano, klezmer, rembetika and a song from a Noel Coward musical.

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 as it’s too late to do any of those things, here’s an extended cut of the show on Mixcloud.

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 32 (1924)

Time: 8pm GMT, Saturday 30th January 2021
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

Sound curator James Errington presents the story of recorded music year by year. This time we go back to 1924, the year of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and music critic John Lewis tells us about why this piece, this recording and this composer have all made such an indelible mark on American music, and hold such power nearly a century later. the debuts of Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith and King Oliver and plenty of other pioneering jazz, blues and country records.

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.

However, as it is too late to do any of those things, here is is on Mixcloud.

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 31 (1923)

Time: 8pm GMT, Saturday 2nd December 2021
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

James Errington once again takes you back to the early days of recorded music with original recordings, this time to 1923, which saw the debuts of Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith and King Oliver and plenty of other pioneering jazz, blues and country records.

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 as it is already too late to do any of those things, why not use this handy listen again facility?

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 on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 30 (1922)

Time: 8pm GMT, Saturday 5th December 2020
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

Another trip back into the past with audio archivist James Errington, this time joined by folk musician Mark Bilyeu from Springfield, Missouri to delve into the music of 1922, the year of the first country music recordings, stride piano from Fats Waller and James P Johnson, and the notorious million-selling Okeh laughing record.

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 as it’s already too late to do any of these things, you can simply “listen again” to this extended mix at your leisure.

1929 in Art

Edward Hopper – Chop Suey
Frieda Kahlo – The Bus
Tamara de Lempicka – Autoportrait (Tamara in a Green Bugatti)
Jeanne Mammen – Boring Dolls
Francis Picabia – Hera
Pablo Picasso – Nude in an Armchair
Salvador Dalí – The Great Masturbator
David Bomberg – Toledo from the Alcazar
Georgia O’Keeffe, The Lawrence Tree
Wassily Kandinsky – Upward
René Magritte – The Treachery of Images

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 29 (1921)

Time: 8pm GMT, Saturday 7th November 2020
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

Audio curator James Errington is joined from New York by Michael Daddino to explore original recordings from 1921, including more classical female blues, novelty piano, melancholy Klezmer, the organised chaos of Dixieland jazz, and the most unintentionally sinister recording of the decade.

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 as it’s too late to do any of these things, here is the Mixcloud player.

1929 in Film

Man With a Movie Camera

Un Chien Andalou

Woman in The Moon

The Broadway Melody

Gold Diggers of Broadway

The Hollywood Revue of 1929

Diary of a Lost Girl

Pandora’s Box

Unaccustomed As We Are

The Hoose-Gow

The Haunted House

The Skeleton Dance

Coquette (1929)

Blackmail

Madame X

Applause

The Cocoanauts

The Love Parade

Rio Rita

The Virginian

Disraeli

Alibi

Bouncing Babies

The Late 1920s – The Symphony

Another exclusive orchestral mix, available as a podcast for patreon backers.

This one has classical / orchestral music recorded between 1927 and 1929, and features a section in stereo!

0:00:00 Dajos Béla and His Dance Orchestra – Jalousie (1927)
0:02:44 Hotel Commodore Ensemble, directed by Bernhard Levitow – Clair de lune- suite Bergamasque (1927)
0:06:49 Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski – Toccata and Fugue in D minor (1927)
0:15:25 Fritz Kreisler – Dvorak – Indian Lament (1928)
0:19:46 Grigoras Dinicu – Hora Staccato (1928)
0:22:31 Sergei Rachmaninov & The Philadelphia Orchestra – Piano Concerto N°2 in C minor Op.18 – III. Allegro scherzo (1929)
0:33:25 Sergei Rachmaninoff – Schumann Carnaval Op.9 Sphinxes (1929)
0:33:56 Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski – Stravinsky ‘Rite of Spring’ (1929)
0:41:25 Victor Symphony Orchestra feat. George Gershwin – An American In Paris (1929)