May 11, 2011 by Post Team
Tuesday, Sony Music Entertainment COL and activated the National Jukebox, a web site of over 10,000 recordings and is available to the public for the first time in digital format.
Highlights of the collection of rare records include the first jazz recording issued (“One Step” by the Dixie Jass (sic) the band in New Orleans, established 1917), a temperance hymn sung by the evangelist 1913 Homer Rodeheaver (“Big Hosse De Beer) and George Cohan’s” You’re a Grand Old Flag “performed by Billy Murray, 1917;” The Grand Old Rag “, the song was originally called,
Grammy-winning singer and pianist Harry Connick, Jr. helped launch the National Jukebox in a press conference in Washington, DC Connick sang “I’m Just Wild About Harry” by Eubie Blake (1883-1993), pioneer of jazz born in Baltimore. Enjoy the original version of Blake in the National Jukebox loc.gov / jukebox /.
“This impressive collection is the opportunity to hear the story,” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, in the event on Tuesday. “This collection includes popular music, music, dance, opera, early jazz, famous speeches, poetry and humor. This is what our grandparents and great grandparents played, danced, and sang along with.”
Victor talking machine delivered over 10,000 78rpm records from 1900 to 1925 are available in digital format on the LOC site. The company made many of these recordings in Camden, New Jersey in a converted church.
A soundtrack of the past, the recordings are haunting and beautiful, returning to an era of limited media formats and music as a way of life.
Richard Sony Music Entertainment history, said Tuesday the company was pleased to be working with the Organizing Committee to disseminate historical recordings in the digital age. The agreement for the National Jukebox gives LOC usage rights for all pre-1925 Sony Music Collection. It is the largest collection ever made and available for public use online, according to the Organizing Committee.
Not just the music, the new site includes political speeches by Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, William Jennings Bryan and William Howard Taft. The latter, in a speech in 1908 in Hot Springs, said of the Irish humor, saying, “In the faith of the Irish, the smiles and tears to pursue other quickly.”
Appears in National Jukebox recordings were made before the microphone to the “process noise” where the artists talked cones vibrating a diaphragm and stylus, sound waves recorded on a wax disc rotation.
Campus Packard employee Gene DeAnna, head of the Section Recorded Sound LOC, said the online contribution of Sony Music, the recording is unprecedented.
“This represents a major step in efforts to return library of recordings out of circulation for public access,” he said. “We will seek new donors and partners in an effort to develop the most comprehensive web site of historic recordings.”
The Jukebox will gain new recordings each month. Later this year, the Packard Campus COL Audio Visual Conservation will begin to digitize recordings of additional labels like Columbia and Universal Music.
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