“The Dream of Gerontius”, Elgar’s opus 38 – Vivid memories from April 1945

By Ted Gadsby      “The Dream of Gerontius”, Elgar’s opus 38 – Vivid memories from April 1945 April this year marked the 70th anniversary of the recording in Huddersfield Town Hall of the ‘Dream’, an occasion I witnessed at first hand. Could an 8-year old claim to have appreciated what was going on, and how muchContinue reading ““The Dream of Gerontius”, Elgar’s opus 38 – Vivid memories from April 1945”

Many Happy Returns

The Hound is please to present some more metaphorical memories from our resident philosopher Wayne Shevlin. Many Happy Returns I may not know much, but I know what I like. And – like most people – I only like what I know. But, how do we discover, and thus get to know the music we like?Continue reading “Many Happy Returns”

Memories of EMI – Malcolm Addey on “Move It!”

The Hound would like to thank the EMI Archive Trust for this great interview with lengendary Abbey Road Sound Engineer Malcolm Addey. The EMI Archive Trust was delighted to sit down with the wonderful Malcolm Addey. He was hired in March 1958 as a trainee/assistant engineer and after an unprecedented short three months was promoted and invited toContinue reading “Memories of EMI – Malcolm Addey on “Move It!””

50th Anniversary of the Moog Modular Synthesizer

October 12, 2014 marks the 50 Year anniversary of the unveiling of the Moog modular synthesizer at the Audio Engineering Society’s (AES) New York convention. On that day in 1964, Dr. Robert Moog introduced the world to a completely new type of instrument that would go on to change the course of music history andContinue reading “50th Anniversary of the Moog Modular Synthesizer”

Chinese Rhythm by Alfredo Campoli

Chinese Rhythm, 78rpm Decca shellac disc by Alfredo Campoli and his salon orchestra Thank you to our friends from the EMI Archive Trust for sharing this great piece from their collection.   The EMI Archive Trust holds an extensive collection of 78 rpm shellac discs from accross the Gramophone Company, EMI and other privately donated collections. ThisContinue reading “Chinese Rhythm by Alfredo Campoli”

Gaisberg’s Travels

“Thursday, 21 September 1899 [Dublin] A very disappointing day from a record-making standpoint. Miss [Maud] Boyd did not appear during the day, but on going to dinner that evening I discovered the whole crowd of them in the dining room. When they arose to go, I followed them and reminded them of their promise, andContinue reading “Gaisberg’s Travels”

Mystery Object # answer 4

Our last posting must have been a bit too easy for our regulars hound contributors, but for those still biting at the bit  here is the answer …. The Klingsor Gramophone was invented in Germany in 1907, and featured a group of strings stretched across the horn opening which resonated as the sound was emitted.Continue reading “Mystery Object # answer 4”

Recording Pioneers- Part 4

Trevor Lloyd Williams   “The money behind the music” Name:                        Trevor Lloyd Williams          Born:                         18 July 1859, Deudraeth Castle, Penrhynd, Merionethshire, Wales Resident:                  London Occupation:             Solicitor, The first major British investor and registered The Gramophone Company in the United Kingdom in 1898 with William Barry Owen Loves:                       Classical music, Law, Travelling,Continue reading “Recording Pioneers- Part 4”

Mystery Object # 3 Answer

Full points to Rob, Andy and Russell who deftly identified last weeks Mystery Object of the Week as an early Tin Foil Phonograph. Object: Modified Tin Foil Phonograph Maker Archibald H.Irvine, 1877 This is a rare hand-driven modified Edison tin foil phonograph on a heavy mahogany base with mahogany trunnions and speaker/reproducer mounts (one withContinue reading “Mystery Object # 3 Answer”