A guest post on the British Library’s Sound and Vision blog
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A guest post on the British Library’s Sound and Vision blog

A large collection of early record catalogues is available on The British Library’s website. I was invited to write a guest post about it for the BL’s Sound and Vision blog. Follow this link to read it. Thanks to Jonathan Ward and Suresh Chandvankar for their help and to Andrea Zarza Canova for the invitation! Advertisements Continue reading

Pathé sleeves from around the world
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Pathé sleeves from around the world

Here are some (unfortunately empty) 11.5″ Pathé sleeves from around the world, including some examples from Morocco, Algeria, India, Siam, Cambodia, China, Russia, Hungary, Spain and Italy. What kind of records were included in these sleeves? Local music? Foreign music? I never came across any Pathé records from Cambodia so far, did they ever exist? … Continue reading

A Christmas concert for the penguins…
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A Christmas concert for the penguins…

Antarctica, Christmas 1904. French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot playing a cylinder of Baryton Jean Lassalle for a public of penguins. The program of this Christmas concert included “Ouvre tes yeux bleus, ma mignonne” (Jules Massenet) and “Connais-tu le pays où fleurit l’oranger?” (Ambroise Thomas). Source: Le Monde Colonial Illustré, January 1939 – Gallica. Continue reading

Lecture about early sound recordings in North Africa and the Middle East at Paris Music Library
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Lecture about early sound recordings in North Africa and the Middle East at Paris Music Library

I was recently invited to make a lecture about early sound recordings in North Africa and the Middle East at Paris Music Library. For those who can understand French, the video of the lecture is now available online. Thanks to all those who helped me preparing my presentation: Jonathan Ward, Mehdi J Blige, Henri Chamoux, Will … Continue reading

“Sentencing saphir machines to eternal silence…”
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“Sentencing saphir machines to eternal silence…”

“The Court concludes that it is urgent to forbid bad talking machines to deform the public’s artistic sense and unanimously sentences saphir machines to eternal silence“. Fascinating example of the commercial battle between the Gramophone Company and Pathé in France in the early 20th century! Source: Le Matin, January 26th, 1910 – Gallica. Continue reading