What the Critics Are Saying
- 11/16/2005 "Treasure
Trove" (The Anachronist
"The UCSB site is astonishing: an expertly designed,
easily searchable trove of beautiful, weird, wonderful records, many
of them extremely rare...I can't help but suspect that we're watching
a turning of the scholarly tide; I think we'll see a lot more work
on The Other Roots Music in the coming years."
- 11/16/2005 "Old
cylinder recordings (1890-1920) archive now online..." (Discussion
on I Love Music)
- 12/14/2005 "Whistle
a happy tune" (USA Today's Tech_Space
- Jan/Feb 2006 "Family Historians are accustomed to silent searching
through history, but wouldn't it be nice if history actually said something
to us?" (Ancestry
- 1/6/2006 "Party
Like it's 1899" (Associated Press ASAP
feature, also at Austin
American-Statesman (Austin360.com), InsideNova.com, Tampa Bay/St.
Petersburg Times, Waco
(TX) News-Journal, Greenville
(NC) Daily Reflector, Grand
Junction Daily Sentinal, Rocky
Mount (NC) Telegram, Lufkin
(TX) Daily News, Elizabeth
City (NC) Daily Advance, Marshall
(TX) News Messenger, Atlanta
Journal-Constitution et. al)
- 2/13/2006 "Changing History" (Wall
Historical material heading onto the Web isn't all
documents and images, either. Last November, 5,000 digitized wax-cylinder
recordings dating back to 1895 were posted online by the Cylinder
Preservation and Digitization Project at the University of California
at Santa Barbara. Among the recordings: Tin Pan Alley music, vaudeville
performances and advertisements from that time.
Rick Altman, a professor of cinema and comparative
literature at the University of Iowa, says that the digitized cylinders
have been a blessing for his research work. He recently downloaded
routines by Russell Hunting, a comedian around the turn of the 20th
century whose recordings, until now, were nearly inaccessible. Mr.
Altman has written extensively about silent-movie-era performers who
specialized in making sounds to match the action on the screen --
from chirping birds to foreign accents -- and says that many of these
performers modeled their styles after Mr. Hunting's.
"I had to write about this without ever having
heard him," Mr. Altman says. "Now I'll have a better sense
of what people were looking for."
- 2/13/2006 "Rare
recordings available online" (Contra
- 2/21/2006 Morning News program (KCLU, Thousand Oaks, CA)
- 3/20/2006 "Archaic
sounds caress modern ears" (Wired
- 5/13/2006 "Online
treasures for early music fans" (Toronto
- June 2006 "Party Like It's 1899!" (The Word)
- April 13, 2007. "Unlocking Nation's Musical Memories: Pre-1972 Copyright Confusion Keeps Archives Out of Reach." (Los Angeles Daily Journal)
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