A few months ago, I had the chance to meet the French ethnomusicologist Gilbert Rouget in his apartment in Paris. Rouget joined Paris Musée de l'Homme in 1942 as the assistant to André Schaeffner and was appointed Head of the Ethnomusicology department in 1965. His most famous work is his book "Music and Trance" ("La … Continue reading In the footsteps of the Ogooué-Congo Mission
Here is a selection of advertisements for the Compagnie française du Gramophone, the French branch of the Gramophone Company, between 1903 and 1913. Both the message and the iconography provide useful insights on how the gramophone and the record were marketed to gain the status of musical medium. These advertisements let us also discover the … Continue reading Advertisements for the Compagnie française du Gramophone (1903-1913)
... of the "Masters of red terror in Russia" - a picture taken from French newspaper L'Excelsior dated June 5th, 1920. Source: http://c.bnf.fr/gAM I found it with GallicaPix, a new tool that uses artificial intelligence and Optical Character Recognition to find pictures in the digitized collections of Gallica. http://c.bnf.fr/gxS [IN FRENCH]
Canadian American composer, singer and music professor Geoffrey O'Hara (1882-1967) recording Navajo Indians on wax cylinders. Illustrations taken from French newspaper Le Petit Journal dated May 25th, 1913. Source: Gallica. The recordings can be heard on the website of Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library (Yale University).
In Belle Epoque Paris, the showrooms of the main talking machines brands (Gramophone, Pathé, Columbia, Odeon, APGA) were located boulevard des Italiens. Here is a 1899 drawing of Pathé Salon du Phonographe (1899-1913) located at number 26. See the Salon du Phonographe in Disquaires de Paris. Source: Bulletin phonographique et cinématographique, november 1899 - Gallica. … Continue reading Along the boulevard des Italiens in Paris
Recording Faust for Pathé in 1899... Source: Bulletin phonographique et cinématographique, november 1899 - Gallica.
"A revolution in the phonographic art" - 25 double-sided 35cm (14") Pathé records for Carmen! Source: La Mode du Temps : supplément au journal "Le Temps", April 15th, 1913 - Bibliothèque Forney via Gallica. http://c.bnf.fr/gtq
The website I've been working on for a few months has just been launched today. It's called Gallica Studio and it aims at encouraging and showcasing creative or innovative uses of the digital library Gallica's contents. The following video was made for the occasion by the French motion designer Julien Schickel. It shows a 1902 … Continue reading When Gallica’s pictures come to life
Source: Vogue, november 1931 - Gallica.
I've been collecting folk music from Auvergne for several years but it's the first time I manage to find some of the early vertical-cut records on Martin Cayla's label Le Soleil. Those are much more difficult to find than the lateral-cut ones. These ones belonged to a native from Cantal who moved to Paris in … Continue reading Some rare recordings of Auvergne folk music on Le Soleil label
A transparent flexible record on the obscure French Virginia label. Unfortunately too warped to be played, as it's often the case with flexible records.