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Author: James Errington

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A monumental, ongoing project to release mixtapes for every year of recorded sound, piecing together the entire history of sound from lampblack to shellac then vinyl and onward - part found audio project, part historical documentary, a listening experience that’s as pleasurable as it is educational.
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1922

1922

2020-03-02--:--

Centuries of Sound is a monthly mix of original recordings from a single year. If you want higher bitrate downloads, a bonus podcast with discussion of the recordings, extra bonus mixes and much more, please support me on Patreon for just $5 per month, and keep the project ad-free. MP3 download | Apple | Mixcloud … Continue reading "1922"
1921

1921

2020-02-0301:38:37

MP3 download | Apple | Mixcloud | Spotify | Castbox | Stitcher | Radiopublic | RSS “The parties were bigger. The pace was faster, the shows were broader, the buildings were higher, the morals were looser, the liquor was cheaper.” F. Scott Fitzgerald If you could chose any era to live in, the decades between … Continue reading "1921"
2018

2018

2020-01-13--:--

Centuries of Sound is a monthly mix of original recordings from a single year. If you want higher bitrate downloads, a bonus podcast with discussion of the recordings, extra bonus mixes and much more, please support me on Patreon for just $5 per month, and keep the project ad-free.   MP3 download | Apple | … Continue reading "2018"
1920

1920

2019-12-0501:42:42

Centuries of Sound is a monthly mix of original recordings from a single year. If you want higher bitrate downloads, a bonus podcast with discussion of the recordings, extra bonus mixes and much more, please support me on Patreon for just $5 per month, and keep the project ad-free. MP3 download | Apple | Mixcloud … Continue reading "1920"
MP3 download | Apple | Mixcloud | Spotify | Castbox | Stitcher | Radiopublic | RSS The original version of 2017 came out very sweary indeed, and I promised to immediately upload a clean version, suitable for listening with children, with all the swears removed. Ten months later, here it finally is. Tracklist Godspeed You … Continue reading "2017 – The Clean Version"
1919

1919

2019-11-0701:45:19

Centuries of Sound is a monthly mix of original recordings from a single year. If you want higher bitrate downloads, a bonus podcast with discussion of the recordings, extra bonus mixes and much more, please support me on Patreon for just $5 per month, and keep the project ad-free. MP3 download | Apple | Mixcloud … Continue reading "1919"
1918

1918

2019-10-1001:43:23

Centuries of Sound is a monthly mix of original recordings from a single year. If you want higher bitrate downloads, a bonus podcast with discussion of the recordings, extra bonus mixes and much more, please support me on Patreon for just $5 per month, and keep the project ad-free. MP3 download | Apple | Mixcloud … Continue reading "1918"
1917

1917

2019-09-10--:--

“The music is a matter of the ear and not of technique. None of us knows music. One carries the melody and others do what they please. Some play counter melodies, some play freak noises, and some just play. I can’t tell you how. You “got to feel” Jass. The time is syncopated. Jass I … Continue reading "1917"
1916

1916

2019-08-08--:--

MP3 direct download | Itunes | Mixcloud | Feedburner (RSS) The story of recorded must prior to 1917 has been, on a personal level, a juggle with two opposing narratives. First there is of course the convoluted journey towards the explosion in jazz and blues of the late 1910s and 1920. Then there’s the other … Continue reading "1916"
1915

1915

2019-07-04--:--

MP3 direct download | Itunes | Mixcloud | Feedburner (RSS) “Looking back in hindsight, 1915 appears to be a saga of such horrors, of such mismanagement and muddle, that it is easy to see why it coloured the views of succeeding generations and gave rise to prejudices and myths that have been applied to the … Continue reading "1915"
1914

1914

2019-06-0603:11:55

MP3 direct download | Itunes | Mixcloud | Feedburner (RSS) Those long uneven lines Standing as patiently As if they were stretched outside The Oval or Villa Park, The crowns of hats, the sun On moustached archaic faces Grinning as if it were all An August Bank Holiday lark; And the shut shops, the bleached … Continue reading "1914"
1913

1913

2019-05-09--:--

MP3 direct download | Itunes | Mixcloud | Feedburner (RSS) “How can we regard this invasion of vulgarity in music other than as a national calamity, in so far as the mental attainments of the nation are concerned? This cheap, trashy stuff could not elevate even the most degraded minds, nor could it possibly urge … Continue reading "1913"
1853-1860

1853-1860

2019-04-1704:40

MP3 direct download | Itunes | YouTube | Mixcloud | Feedburner (RSS) Where does sound begin? What even is sound? Sound is the name we give to certain frequencies of fluctuating pressure waves which resonate the human eardrum and are able to be perceived by the human brain. Waves fitting this description have existed since … Continue reading "1853-1860"
1912

1912

2019-04-0401:11:44

MP3 direct download | Itunes | Mixcloud | Feedburner (RSS) “Why was the phonograph valued so highly as a means of musical progress? To answer this question we must recognise two perceptions widely held in early twentieth-century America: that classical music was a powerful cultural and musical force to which Americans sadly lacked exposure, and … Continue reading "1912"
1911

1911

2019-03-0801:09:37

MP3 direct download | Itunes | Mixcloud | Feedburner (RSS) Listening chronologically to music in this way, one of the things I have noticed is that there are sudden lurches forward in certain years. 1911, for all its quality, is not one of those years. Most of what you can hear in this mix sounds … Continue reading "1911"
1910

1910

2019-02-0701:36:35

MP3 direct download | Itunes | Mixcloud | Feedburner (RSS) “On or around December 1910, human character changed. I am not saying that one went out, as one might into a garden, and there saw that a rose had flowered or a hen had laid an egg. The change was not sudden and definite like … Continue reading "1910"
2017

2017

2019-01-0729:39

MP3 (full mix) | Itunes | Mixcloud | Feedburner (RSS) So, were you expecting 1910? Well the bad news is that it’s going to be another month until that’s ready. The good news is that I have finally finished this mix for 2017. It has been a bit of a monster, or a menace, is … Continue reading "2017"
1909

1909

2018-12-0301:32:06

MP3 direct download | Itunes | Mixcloud | Feedburner (RSS) | MP3 pack Many people have observed that as we get older, time seems to pass more quickly – and it seems natural to apply this to civilization in general. But while it’s true that technology has had some disorientating lurches forward over the last … Continue reading "1909"
1908

1908

2018-11-0501:30:13

MP3 direct download | Itunes | Mixcloud | Feedburner (RSS) | MP3 pack I’ve lived through a couple of decades of recorded sound now – perhaps you have too – and as a result the world of 1908 seems almost entirely alien from the perspective of 1888. Recording technology has improved a great deal of … Continue reading "1908"
1907

1907

2018-10-0401:20:33

MP3 direct download | Itunes | Mixcloud | Feedburner (RSS) | MP3 pack This week has seen the passing of Geoff Emerick, who served as sound engineer on The Beatles’ Revolver, Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road albums, starting at the age of just 20. His death hasn’t generated as much interest as those of George … Continue reading "1907"
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