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”

When Fred Gaisberg set the Vatican on fire

Fred Gaisberg and his brother Will had been sebt to Milan in early 1902 to try to entice the superstar opera singer Enrico Caruso. When he was playing hard to get the brothers headed to Rome with the hope of recording the Pope. That proved impossible but they did get to record the last castratoContinue reading “When Fred Gaisberg set the Vatican on fire”

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”

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”

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– #16 – part 1   First posted on vinyl memories December 10, 2015 I really needed a strong nudge to resume these unpublished interviews after such good intentions ….The death ofContinue reading “A Personal History of the British Records Business #16 part 1”

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”

Mystery Object of the week #11 Answer

Congratulations to Martyn Dowel, Rolf Christian Holth Olsen and Robert Spencer who all correctly identified this weeks mystery object  – The Auxetophone designed by the British engineer Sir Charles Parsons.    The Auxetophone was perhaps the most effective attempt, prior to the development of electrical amplification in the 1920’s, of increasing volume. Invented in 1904, it used air pressureContinue reading “Mystery Object of the week #11 Answer”