- An hour of interwar Halloween music: Spooky season listening from Centuries of Sound.
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An hour of interwar Halloween music (permalink)
Through his delightful Centuries of Sound project, JM Errington is producing an hour-long mix of music for every year since 1853 – the dawn of music recording itself. Interspersed with these "annual" mixes are some thematic ones. His latest, "Halloween Between the Wars," is an hour of spooky interwar music and radio/film horror excerpts:
The track-list for this is full of hot jazz, broad comedy, and spooktacular greats that are a refreshing break from "The Monster Mash": think Raymond Scott, the Washboard Rhythm Kings, Skip James, and Artie Shaw.
If you're hungry for more, check out last year's Halloween mix: "Hallowe’en Dance: Original Recordings 1902-1926," featuring 1920 spoken word from Aleister Crowley, the Edison Concert Band playing the "Skeleton Dance," Billy Murray's "I'm Afraid to Come Home in the Dark," and a 1910 brown wax home recording of comic ghost stories:
As great as the thematic programs are, you really need to check out the annual ones. Errington just published a very special 1943 installment, special because in '43, there was no US recorded music, thanks to a bitter strike over stolen royalties by the American Federation of Musicians.
For the '43 edition, then, Errington turned to "the small quantity of records being made in the USA, a host of South and Central American music, radio broadcasts, speeches, film dialogue and other assorted audio artefacts."
Hey look at this (permalink)
- Carl Malamud's must-watch acceptance speech for the Internet Archive Hero Award https://archive.org/details/internet.archive.2022-10-19.hero.award
This day in history (permalink)
#20yrsago Curious Yellow: Internet-killing superworm https://web.archive.org/web/20021004143604/https://blanu.net/curious_yellow.html
#15yrsago Story written using only Cat in the Hat words https://web.archive.org/web/20071027035419/https://litlab.blogspot.com/2007/09/j-robert-lennon-cat-text.html
#15yrsago Haunted Mansion/Bela Lugosi’s Dead mashup: Haunted Bela https://web.archive.org/web/20071025052116/http://www.howardhallis.com/mash/hauntedbela.mp3
#15yrsago Book price-fixing: good, bad, or just weird? https://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2007/10/books-on-the-bo.html
#15yrsago StormWorm botnet lashes out at security researchers https://web.archive.org/web/20071026013023/http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/102407-storm-worm-security.html
#10yrsago Entropy versus warranty: how companies figure out how breakable their products are https://www.wired.com/2012/10/ff-why-products-fail/
#10yrsago Hey! There’s a new Hilda book out! Hey! https://memex.craphound.com/2012/10/24/hey-theres-a-new-hilda-book-out-hey/
#10yrsago UK record industry demands expansion of the Great Firewall of Britain https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-20026271
#10yrsago Neal Stephenson talks REAMDE with lawyers, security experts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6-gpVmHh4c
#10yrsago Accidental CC from wedding planner to couple reveals thriving English class snobbery https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-20042589
#5yrsago A quarter of US military “sees white nationalism” in the ranks https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2017/10/23/military-times-poll-one-in-four-troops-sees-white-nationalism-in-the-ranks/
#5yrsago Zoning and the housing crisis: at Manhattan densities, San Francisco could house 100 million people https://www.buildzoom.com/blog/paying-for-dirt-where-have-home-values-detached-from-construction-costs
#5yrsago Hackers can force airbags to deploy https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-14937
#5yrsago John Hodgman’s Vacationland: a masterpiece of humor that means something https://memex.craphound.com/2017/10/24/john-hodgmans-vacationland-a-masterpiece-of-humor-that-means-something/
#1yrago Cyber-mercenaries helped Saudis hack an NYT reporter: Citizen Lab caught the NSO Group in a(nother) war crime https://pluralistic.net/2021/10/24/breaking-the-news/#kingdom
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