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"Black Mirror" & the Complicated Legacy of Alan Lomax

Thursday, February 05, 2015

The creator of “Black Mirror” explains the roots of his techno-dystopian future, and folklorist Alan Lomax records the blues at gunpoint.  

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How Alan Lomax Segregated Music

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Musicologist Alan Lomax had a specific idea of what African-American music should sound like — an idea that reinforced stereotypes instead of breaking them down.

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Soundcheck

A New Take on that Old-Timey Sound

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Inspired by the field recordings of Alan Lomax, The 78 Project is on a mission to record today’s musicians with yesterday’s technology. With just a microphone, an authentic 1930′s PRESTO direct-to-disc recorder, and a blank lacquer disc, musicians are given the opportunity to make a recording anywhere they choose. Two staff members, Lavinia Wright and Alex Steyermark, join us to explain and they’ll record our guest, Justin Townes Earle, live on the air. 

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Soundcheck

Web Extra: Justin Townes Earle and The 78 Project

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Give your iPod that scratchy sound! Download an MP3 of Justin Townes Earle's "Memphis in the Rain," as recorded by The 78 Project on a genuine Presto 78 rpm disc recorder from the 1930s. Watch the video (in hi-fi) below.

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The Takeaway

The Premiere of The Global Jukebox

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Twenty years ago American folklorist and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax designed "The Global Jukebox," a database that used descriptive tools to identify and link archival music and dance footage. The Global Jukebox was essentially Pandora — but conceived long before technology that could realize it existed. Ten years after his death, Lomax's dream may finally be realized: all of his recordings have been put online, but it will take at least another year to get his collection of dance film into the database.

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The Takeaway

Be Alan Lomax

Monday, January 24, 2011

Later this week, we'll speak to the biographer of the famous archivist, Alan Lomax. As you probably know, Lomax captured undiscovered folk singers and brought them to the world. People like Leadbelly and even Woody Guthrie. So we're asking you to use our iPhone app to record the music you grew up with that you want to share with the world.

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