Imagine your computer as a new Gramophone purchased for family and friends to enjoy in your home parlor. Audition popular recorded selections of the beginning of the 20th century years—band music, novelty tunes, humorous monologues, hits from the season’s new musical theater productions, the latest dance rhythms, and opera arias.
more than 10,000 recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1901 and 1925. Jukebox content will be increased regularly, with additional Victor recordings and acoustically recorded titles made by other Sony-owned U.S. labels, including Columbia, OKeh, and others.
A slideshow on the site describes the laborious process needed to make Jukebox a reality.
Users can discover and select audio using the following strategies:
Featured Playlist: Early Tin Pan Alley Listen
Featured Artist: Enrico Caruso Listen to Enrico Caruso sing
Featured Genre: Ethnic music: Listen
And here’s a taste of the Victrola Book of the Opera
Imagine the potential for these materials in student media projects. Imagine incorporating these pieces into lessons in music, history, art, English and so much more! Let your Gatsby readers listen to the Jazz Age.
Remember that the Jukebox recordings also include spoken word. Though the Speeches subgenre is not yet large (at 35 items), it currently offers speeches performed by William Jennings Bryan, and Presidents William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Warren G. Harding.
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