We interview legendary record producer Joe Boyd in the finale to our first series of The Sound Of The Hound podcasts

The first series of Sound of the Hound wraps up with something a bit different: an interview with legendary Pink Floyd and Nick Drake producer Joe Boyd. Just like Fred Gaisberg, Joe is an American who moved to London in his twenties to establish an overseas office for a record company. And just like Fred,Continue reading “We interview legendary record producer Joe Boyd in the finale to our first series of The Sound Of The Hound podcasts”

James Hall finally tells all about his book The Industry Of Human Happiness – its the new episode of The Sound Of The Hound podcast!

This episode is a little bit different. Dave interviews co-host James about his novel on the early days of recorded sound, The Industry of Human Happiness. James tells how he chanced upon the adventures of Fred Gaisberg and William Sinkler Darby in the sleeve notes of a CD that he bought outside a concert, andContinue reading “James Hall finally tells all about his book The Industry Of Human Happiness – its the new episode of The Sound Of The Hound podcast!”

Fred Gaisberg records the Great Caruso and kickstarts the modern record business – our new podcast episode out today

It’s the spring of 1902. Italian tenor Enrico Caruso is due to sing in Covent Garden later in the year, and Fred and Will are still in Milan desperate to record him. Their plan – in what predates the now-ubiquitous music industry ‘360’ marketing deal by over 100 years – is to print the masterContinue reading “Fred Gaisberg records the Great Caruso and kickstarts the modern record business – our new podcast episode out today”

Our podcast has been recommended in today’s Observer newspaper!

Our unrelenting media promotion campaign continues apace! After being selected by Fiona Sturges as one the Financial Times’ Top 10 podcasts to listen to in lockdown last week, we have now been recommended in Miranda Sawyer’s Pod-Doctor in today’s Observer. You can subcribe to the podcast on all good podcast platforms including: Spotify  Apple andContinue reading “Our podcast has been recommended in today’s Observer newspaper!”

The Last Castrato – if you are going to listen to one episode of our podcast this is the one!

Fred and his brother William travel to Milan in 1902 with the aim of convincing opera superstar Enrico Caruso to record for them. However Caruso is busy and non-committal, so the men seek out other forms of sound to record while they wait for an answer. Aiming high, they approach the Pope to ask ifContinue reading “The Last Castrato – if you are going to listen to one episode of our podcast this is the one!”

Our new podcast has been selected by the FT as one of the “Top 10 podcasts to listen to in the lockdown”

We are really pleased and proud – and actually quite amazed – that our new podcast has been selected by Fiona Sturges of the Financial Times as one of the top 10 to listen to during the lockdown. You can read the article here. We enjoyed making it. We hope you enjoy listening. http://www.soundofthehound.com AVAILABLEContinue reading “Our new podcast has been selected by the FT as one of the “Top 10 podcasts to listen to in the lockdown””

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”