Centuries of Sound

James Errington

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.

All Episodes

At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. The download here is only for the first hour of the mix. For the full 4-hour version please come to centuriesofsound.com to stream, or patreon.com/centuriesofsound for downloads and a host of other bonus materials for just $5 per month. This show … Continue reading "1940"

Dec 7

1 hr

At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. This is one of the four hours in the full version of Centuries of Sound 1939To get the whole mix as a podcast, and a load of other extras, sign up for five dollars per month at http://patreon.com/centuriesofsound MP3 preview download … Continue reading "1939 Preview – War"

Nov 18

55 min 8 sec

MP3 download | Apple | Spotify | Castbox | Stitcher | Radiopublic | RSS Audio historian DJ James Errington takes you on another time travel adventure, this time to hear some original sounds from 1907, including some wonderful stuff from Enrico Caruso, a few original vaudeville routines and some very premature Christmas cheer. Centuries of … Continue reading "Radio Podcast #15 – 1907"

Nov 10

1 hr 10 min

At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. The download here is only for the first hour of the mix. For the full 4.5-hour version please come to centuriesofsound.com to stream, or patreon.com/centuriesofsound for downloads and a host of other bonus materials for just $5 per month. This show … Continue reading "1939"

Oct 17

1 hr

At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. This is one of the ten chapters in the full version of Centuries of Sound 1938To get the whole mix as a podcast, and a load of other extras, sign up for five dollars per month at http://patreon.com/centuriesofsound MP3 preview download … Continue reading "1938 Preview – The Munich Crisis"

Oct 7

19 min 42 sec

MP3 download | Apple | Spotify | Castbox | Stitcher | Radiopublic | RSS Another journey back in time with James Errington bringing you original historic recordings, this time from 1906, the year of the San Francisco earthquake. We have a brace of songs from the brilliant Bert Williams, plenty of music hall and vaudeville, … Continue reading "Radio Podcast #14 – 1906"

Sep 24

57 min 45 sec

At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. This is one of the ten chapters in the full version of Centuries of Sound 1938To get the whole mix as a podcast, and a load of other extras, sign up for five dollars per month at http://patreon.com/centuriesofsound MP3 preview download … Continue reading "1938 Preview – War of The Worlds"

Sep 15

35 min 44 sec

At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. The download here is only for the first hour of the mix. For the full 3.5-hour version please come to centuriesofsound.com to stream, or patreon.com/centuriesofsound for downloads and a host of other bonus materials for just $5 per month. This show … Continue reading "1938"

Sep 6

57 min 47 sec

MP3 download | Apple | Spotify | Castbox | Stitcher | Radiopublic | RSS Another sonic adventure through time with James Errington, this time joined by guests Dominic, Joanne & Adam to listen to the sounds of 1905 and discuss such pressing topics as skeleton xylophones, the hubris of Dick Dastardly, melancholy in Spanish music, … Continue reading "Radio Podcast #13 – 1905"

Jul 26

1 hr 17 min

At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. The download here is only for the first hour of the mix. For the full 3.5-hour version please come to centuriesofsound.com to stream, or patreon.com/centuriesofsound for downloads and a host of other bonus materials for just $5 per month. This show … Continue reading "1937"

Jul 12

59 min 2 sec

MP3 download | Apple | Spotify | Castbox | Stitcher | Radiopublic | RSS James Errington takes you on another journey back into the forgotten history of recorded sound, this time joined by Liam Higgins, playing cylinders and shellac all from the year 1904. Aside from the usual brass band, banjo and proto-ragtime and barbershop … Continue reading "Radio Podcast #12 – 1904"

Jun 21

1 hr 16 min

At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. The download here is only for February and March. For the full 3.5-hour version please come to centuriesofsound.com to stream, or patreon.com/centuriesofsound for downloads and a host of other bonus materials for just $5 per month. This show would not be … Continue reading "1936"

Jun 14

37 min 44 sec

At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. This is a sample of the mix for 1936, and includes the section for January only. To hear the rest of the mix, come to patreon.com/centuriesofsound, where I will be releasing the mix in two parts for $5 and above patrons, … Continue reading "1936 Preview Part 1"

Jun 7

15 min 58 sec

MP3 download | Apple | Spotify | Castbox | Stitcher | Radiopublic | RSS Another journey back in time with original recordings from the year 1903. This episode features sounds from as far afield as Tanganyika, Moscow, Kyoto and New York, and songs about cars, ducks, and bread and marmalade. Introduced by James Errington.. Centuries … Continue reading "Radio Podcast #11 – 1903"

May 25

59 min 10 sec

At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. The download here is only the first hour. For the full version please come to centuriesofsound.com to stream, or patreon.com/centuriesofsound for downloads and a host of other bonus materials for just $5 per month. This show would not be possible without … Continue reading "1935"

May 10

50 min 2 sec

MP3 download | Apple | Spotify | Castbox | Stitcher | Radiopublic | RSS James Errington takes you on another trip into the history of sound recording. This time we’re visiting the year 1902, and will be hearing insanely catchy tin pan alley tunes from the Edwardian Elvis, virtuoso instrumental showpieces, sublime sopranos and a … Continue reading "Radio Podcast #10 – 1902"

Apr 19

57 min 38 sec

At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. The download here is only the first hour. For the full version please come to centuriesofsound.com to stream, or patreon.com/centuriesofsound for downloads and a host of other bonus materials for just $5 per month. This show would not be possible without … Continue reading "1934"

Apr 5

1 hr 1 min

MP3 download | Apple | Spotify | Castbox | Stitcher | Radiopublic | RSS James and Sean take you on a journey back to the year 1901 to listen to original, unmediated, often completely unacceptable recordings from the early days of the gramophone. This time we have rousing sort-of proto-proto-proto-jazz, stunning vocal acrobatics from a … Continue reading "Radio Podcast #9 – 1901"

Mar 15

1 hr 3 min

At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. The download here is only the first hour. For the full three-hour version please come to centuriesofsound.com to stream, or patreon.com/centuriesofsound for downloads and a host of other bonus materials for just $5 per month. This show would not be possible … Continue reading "1933"

Mar 1

59 min 35 sec

MP3 download | Apple | Spotify | Castbox | Stitcher | Radiopublic | RSS A journey through the history of recorded sound with James and Sean. This time we reach the 1900s, and hear Arthur Collins, Vess L Ossman, Arthur Pryor, and other stars of the late Victorian era. We even have a recording of … Continue reading "Radio Podcast #8 – 1900"

Feb 15

1 hr 1 min

At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. The download here is only the first hour. For the full three-hour version please come to centuriesofsound.com to stream, or patreon.com/centuriesofsound for downloads and a host of other bonus materials for just $5 per month. This show would not be possible … Continue reading "1932"

Feb 2

1 hr 4 min

MP3 download | Apple | Spotify | Castbox | Stitcher | Radiopublic | RSS As we are coming towards the end of the 19th Century, I present an overview of the music and history of 1898 and 1899 – minstrel shows, vaudeville, cakewalk, the horribly-named “coon songs” and an exciting new genre called “ragtime.” Centuries … Continue reading "Radio Podcast #7 – 1898 to 1899"

Jan 18

57 min 37 sec

At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. The download here is only the first 55 minutes. For the full 170-minute version please come to centuriesofsound.com to stream, or patreon.com/centuriesofsound for downloads and a host of other bonus materials for just $5 per month. This show would not be … Continue reading "2019"

Jan 7

59 min 38 sec

MP3 download | Patreon | Apple | Mixcloud | Spotify | Castbox | Stitcher | Radiopublic | RSS This compilation of Christmas recordings spans an era which includes the entirety of WW1 and the influenza pandemic of 1918/1919, but of course you wouldn’t guess it from the contents. The only reminder perhaps is the two … Continue reading "Centuries of Sound Presents – Deep Magic: Christmas Recordings 1902-1924"

Dec 2020

1 hr 2 min

At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. The download here is only the first 45 minutes. For the full 160-minute version please come to centuriesofsound.com to stream, or patreon.com/centuriesofsound for downloads and a host of other bonus materials for just $5 per month. This show would not be … Continue reading "1931"

Dec 2020

43 min 2 sec

MP3 download | Apple | Spotify | Castbox | Stitcher | Radiopublic | RSS James and Sean use their audio archeology skills to take you on another time travel adventure with original recordings from the distant past. This time we visit 1896 and 1897, hear the birth pangs of something not yet called ragtime, find … Continue reading "Radio Podcast #6 – 1896 to 1897"

Nov 2020

57 min 39 sec

At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. The download here is a cut-down 60 minute mix, for the full 180-minute version please come to centuriesofsound.com to stream, or patreon.com/centuriesofsound for downloads and a host of other bonus materials for just $5 per month. MP3 preview download | Patreon … Continue reading "1930"

Nov 2020

58 min 39 sec

MP3 download | Apple | Spotify | Castbox | Stitcher | Radiopublic | RSS James and Sean continue their voyage into the distant history of sound recording. This time we cover the years 1894 and 1895, a time of popular unrest, great literature, and a burgeoning wax cylinder market, with at least two songs bound … Continue reading "Radio Podcast #5 – 1894 to 1895"

Oct 2020

1 hr 2 min

At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. The download here is a cut-down 45 minute mix, for the full 180-minute version please come to centuriesofsound.com to stream, or patreon.com/centuriesofsound for downloads and a host of other bonus materials for just $5 per month. MP3 preview download | Patreon … Continue reading "1929"

Oct 2020

46 min 14 sec

MP3 download | Apple | Spotify | Castbox | Stitcher | Radiopublic | RSS More audio time travel adventures from James and Sean. This time we cover the years 1892 and 1893, the world’s fair in Chicago, a couple of notorious murderers, some rude jokes about Frances Folsom (the wife of the President of the … Continue reading "Radio Podcast #4 – 1892 to 1893"

Sep 2020

57 min 30 sec

At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. The download here is a cut-down 45 minute mix, for the full three-hour version please come to centuriesofsound.com to stream, or patreon.com/centuriesofsound for downloads and a host of other bonus materials for just $5 per month. MP3 sample download | Patreon … Continue reading "1928"

Sep 2020

46 min 49 sec

MP3 download | Apple | Spotify | Castbox | Stitcher | Radiopublic | RSS “Another journey into the history of recorded sound with James and Sean. This time we delve into the vaults for 1890 and 1891, explore the pop music of the gilded age, and hear the voices of P.T. Barnum, Florence Nightingale, Pyotr … Continue reading "Radio Podcast #3 – 1890 to 1891"

Aug 2020

1 hr 11 min

At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. The download here is a cut-down 30 minute mix, for the full two-hour version please come to centuriesofsound.com to stream, or patreon.com/centuriesofsound for downloads and a host of other bonus materials for just $5 per month. MP3 sample download | Patreon … Continue reading "1927"

Aug 2020

43 min 56 sec

MP3 download | Apple | Spotify | Castbox | Stitcher | Radiopublic | RSS “This time James and Sean take a trip back to the 80s – the 1880s that is. Aside from the original music we have celebrity appearances from Arthur Sullivan, Johannes Brahms, William Ewart Gladstone and Queen Victoria herself (possibly) – plus … Continue reading "Radio Podcast #2 – 1887 to 1889"

Jul 2020

57 min 50 sec

At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. The download here is a cut-down 30 minute mix, for the full two-hour version please come to centuriesofsound.com to stream, or patreon.com/centuriesofsound for downloads and a host of other bonus materials for just $5 per month. MP3 sample download | Patreon … Continue reading "1926"

Jul 2020

35 min 26 sec

MP3 download | Apple | Spotify | Castbox | Stitcher | Radiopublic | RSS For the inaugural Centuries of Sound radio podcast I’m joined by Sean Spencer (not pictured) as I delve into the first 35 years of sound recording, including lines drawn in soot with feathers, a wasp trapped in a bottle, a talking … Continue reading "Radio Podcast #1 – 1853 to 1885"

Jun 2020

52 min 42 sec

At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year from 1953 to the present day. Download full mixes, bonus materials and more for just $5 per month at patreon.com/centuriesofsound. Thanks for listening. MP3 sample download | Patreon | Apple | Mixcloud | Spotify | Castbox | Stitcher | Radiopublic | RSS Have you … Continue reading "1925"

Jun 2020

10 min 37 sec

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 "1924"

May 2020

2 hr 22 min

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 "1923"

Apr 2020

2 hr 23 min

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"

Mar 2020

1 hr 53 min

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"

Feb 2020

1 hr 38 min

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"

Jan 2020

3 hr 50 min

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"

Dec 2019

1 hr 42 min

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"

Nov 2019

2 hr 45 min

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"

Nov 2019

1 hr 45 min

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"

Oct 2019

1 hr 43 min

“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"

Sep 2019

2 hr 5 min

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"

Aug 2019

1 hr 30 min

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"

Jul 2019

1 hr 16 min

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"

Jun 2019

1 hr 23 min