New podcast episode – Fred Gaisberg heads east to pre-revolutionary Russia

Today we publish the first of two episodes following Fred on recording expeditions to Russia. In early 1900, with their bosses dissatisfied with what they’ve recorded to date, Fred and his colleague William Sinkler Darby are under pressure to find fascinating sounds. Their agents in St Petersburg, charged with finding singers and musicians, are useless and corrupt so Fred and Sinkler go it alone. They scour the city’s streets and theatres by sleigh, recording what they can. But their new-fangled gramophone invention piques the interest of the court of Tsar Nicholas II, and the men are summoned to his palace. Will they succeed in capturing the voice of the most famous man in Russia? And will they survive an equipment-related disaster that strikes on their way home?


Fred heads to Russia

The record industry in Russia, 1894-1914

Tsar Nicholas II

You can subcribe to the podcast on all good podcast platforms including: Spotify  Apple and Acast.

We hope you enjoy listening as much as we’ve enjoyed recording them


One thought on “New podcast episode – Fred Gaisberg heads east to pre-revolutionary Russia

  1. Dear all,

    Your website is exceptional in quality and precision, and truly honors everyone who has contributed to the wonderful and exciting history of sound recording. A big thank to all of you!

    Best cordial wishes,

    Michel ResMusica

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