New podcast episode – Gaisberg returns to Russia, his girlfriend says Ta Ta, he goes to record Tatars!

After the mixed success of the recording trip to Russia in 1900, it is a curious decision of Fred’s to return to the country the following year. But back he goes – twice ­– with a point to prove. Still waiting for that elusive breakthrough, The Gramophone Company has diversified into typewriters and Fred’s notContinue reading “New podcast episode – Gaisberg returns to Russia, his girlfriend says Ta Ta, he goes to record Tatars!”

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 uselessContinue reading “New podcast episode – Fred Gaisberg heads east to pre-revolutionary Russia”

Episode 3 of our podcast is published today – recording nineteenth comedy, pornographic and propaganda records

In the early days of recorded sound, no one can quite figure out the purpose of gramophones. Are they serious bits of kit for replicating music or are they toys? Should gramophone discs play music or comedy or something else entirely? One man trying to work out this conundrum is an American actor called RussellContinue reading “Episode 3 of our podcast is published today – recording nineteenth comedy, pornographic and propaganda records”

We have launched a podcast – it goes live today

Here is the press release that we have put out: London, April 1, 2020 —The Sound of the Hound today announced the launch of a new historical podcast series sharing the adventures, stories and lives of the entrepreneurs, artists and eccentrics who invented the music industry and brought recorded music to the masses at theContinue reading “We have launched a podcast – it goes live today”

Actual record taken on the front line, France, near Lille, 9th October 1918

In honour of all those who lost their lives in the First World War. Actual record taken on the front line, France, near Lille – 9th October 1918. • Recording: Gas shell bombardment • Royal Garrison Artillery • Record: HMV 09308 • Company: The Gramophone Company • Location: Lille, near France • Date of recording:Continue reading “Actual record taken on the front line, France, near Lille, 9th October 1918”

A Personal History of the British Records Business #16 part 1

The Hound is delighted to post, for our readers delectation,  the first instalment by EMI’s very own David Hughes MBE – A Personal History of the British Record Business. Wayne Bickerton – #16 – part 1   First posted on vinyl memories December 10, 2015 I really needed a strong nudge to resume these unpublished interviews after such good intentions ….The death ofContinue reading “A Personal History of the British Records Business #16 part 1”

Inventor of Stereo Sound Alan Dower Blumlein to be Honoured with Posthumous Grammy®

Pioneering British Engineer and Inventor of Stereo, Alan Dower Blumlein to be Posthumously Honoured with the Recording Academy® Technical Grammy® Award The ground-breaking work of British engineer Alan Dower Blumlein, inventor of stereo sound recording, is to be posthumously honoured by The Recording Academy® with the Technical Grammy® award at a special ceremony to be heldContinue reading “Inventor of Stereo Sound Alan Dower Blumlein to be Honoured with Posthumous Grammy®”

Mystery Object of the week #13 Answer

A hearty Christmas congratulations to Catherine Crump and Rob de Bie who correctly identified last weeks’ mystery object – The Ivor Novello Award also known as The Ivors. Named after the Cardiff – born entertainer Ivor Novello these have been presented annually in London by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) since 1955. This award was presented to EMI RecordsContinue reading “Mystery Object of the week #13 Answer”

Mystery Object of the week #13

This weeks ‘mystery object’ is named after the popular Cardiff born musical master and actor,  and celebrates the highest merit and success awarded to writers in the music industry. If you’ve worked out what it is we’d love to hear from you.   ……………extra house points if you can work out the year, artist and Christmas song  by writer’sContinue reading “Mystery Object of the week #13”

Mystery Object of the week #12 Answer

Congratulations to Rob de Bie, Rolf Christian Holth Olsen and David James who correctly identified this weeks mystery object –  Mae Starr by Universal Talking Toys Company – U.S.A, 1930. Mae Starr was made by the Universal Talking Toys Co., and uses the Averill Manufacturing Company’s cylinder phonograph motor. The cylinder mechanism is housed in a well constructedContinue reading “Mystery Object of the week #12 Answer”