Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 27 (1919)

Time: 8pm BST, Saturday 12th September 2020
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

Another sonic journey into the pre-history of recorded music with James Errington, this time joined by London musician Cecily to listen to some of the sounds of 1919, a lull between the first jazz boom and the start of blues with a cornucopia of exotic sounds springing up to fill the gap.

You can 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 you’ve already missed the broadcast, not to worry, you can use this player instead.

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 26 (1918)

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Time: 8pm BST, Saturday 15th August 2020
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

More treasures excavated from musical history with sound curator James Errington. This time it’s 1918, the war is nearly over, but the war records are just getting into their stride, and the shockwave of this new music we’re now calling jazz is still shaking the record industry to its foundations. An exciting, turbulent year for music and for the world.

You can 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 too late to do any of those things, just stream it here.

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 25 (1917)

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Time: 8pm BST, Saturday 18th July 2020
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

Audio curator James Errington is joined by jazz historian Joe Moore to discuss the astonishing year of 1917, when a new music called “Jass” or “Jaz” or “Jazz” swept the world, changing it forever. A genuinely astonishing time for music, brought to life with contemporary archive sounds.

You can listen to the show live on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps.

I mean, you could have, it’s too late to listen live now. But no worries, you can still listen here:

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 24 (1916)

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Time: 8pm BST, Saturday 20th June 2020
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

This time James Errington is joined by John Ashlin to explore the music of 1916. While Europe lies devastated in the midst of the darkest year of the first world war, America is hotting up, with the birth of jazz and blues music imminent, while the old world of Vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley is struggling to adapt.

You can listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital nationwide, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps.

But as you’ve already missed it, here is a mixcloud stream, so you can listen at your leisure. Enjoy!

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 23 (1915)

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Time: 8pm BST, Saturday 23rd May 2020
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

James Errington takes you on another journey into the pre-history of recorded sound – this time joined by Cambridge 105 Radio’s own Alex Elbro to explore the music of 1915, from hot dance ragtime to South-American proto-tango, English music hall comedy and some surprising responses to the first world war.

You could have listened to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital nationwide, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps. But instead, as you missed it already, you could just listen via this handy mixcloud player.

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 22 (1914)

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Time: 8pm BST, Saturday 25th April 2020

Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

James Errington takes you on another trip into the ancient history of recorded sound, this time joined by Cambridge native Liam Higgins to review the music scene on both sides of the Atlantic in 1914, the year the lights famously went out all over Europe. This episode includes for the first (and hopefully the last) time, your hosts actually singing. Sorry.

You can’t listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital nationwide, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps, because it’s already gone out, however you can still play it below or – even better! – sign up to my patreon for the radio podcast.

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 21 (1913)

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Time: 8pm GMT, Saturday 28th March 2020

Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

Another adventure back into the early days of recorded sound with James Errington, this time joined by Cambridge 105 Radio’s Maciek Pawlikowski to listen to some of the sounds of 1913, the year of the short-lived hot dance ragtime craze, led by the first all-black orchestra and the couple who brought the foxtrot to prominence.

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 too late to do any of these things, just use the player below, or sign up to my patreon for the radio podcast.

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 20 (1912)

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Time: 8pm GMT, Saturday 29th February 2020

Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

More time-travel to the early days of recorded sound with James Errington. This time we find out about the interminable history of musical snobbery, hear some immensely beautiful, surprisingly thick Edison diamond discs and hear what Al Jolson and Billy Murray are up to.

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 too late to do any of these things, just stream it here:

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 19 (1911)

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Time: 8pm GMT, Saturday 1st February 2020

Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

Time travel through audio history with James Errington, this time joined by Cambridge 105’s own Kasia Wozniak to listen to the sounds of 1911, featuring Eastern European émigrés Al Jolson, Irving Berlin and Sophie Tucker; the future president of Poland playing some Chopin; scat singing 15 years before it was supposedly invented; a story about three trees and a bunny rabbit and another story where a baby is mistaken for a piano, and hilarity ensues.

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 you have already missed it, just use this handy player:

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 18 (1910)

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Time: 8pm GMT, Saturday 4th January 2020

Place: Cambridge 105fm

Back for the new decade, that decade being the 1910s, audio historian James Errington returns for a deep dive into the sounds of 110 years ago. This time we’re joined by Cambridge 105’s own George Kirkman to listen to some ragtime frolics, eccentricities, proto-barbershop, proto-gospel and some meandering comic monologues.

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 you have already missed it, just listen via this mixcloud player.