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Why Is Pop Culture So Obsessed With The Past?

Sunday, April 05, 2015

How come many of the latest pop songs sound as if they could have been released decades ago? Music journalist Simon Reynolds tells Steve Paulson that our obsession with our immediate past could get in the way of future creativity.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Why Is Pop Culture So Obsessed With the Past?

Sunday, April 05, 2015

How come many of the latest pop songs sound as if they could have been released decades ago? Music journalist Simon Reynolds tells Steve Paulson that our obsession with our immediate past could get in the way of future creativity.

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Features

Photos: The Early Days of WNYC

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

WNYC

Al Tropea started at WNYC as an engineer before moving on to work at City Hall, recording various events for 37 years. Over the course of that time, he took incredible photos of WNYC in its hey-day.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Styli over substance

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

WNYC

The recently published National Recording Preservation Plan from the Library of Congress includes a recommendation to "encourage scientific and technical research leading to the development of new technologies to recover, reformat, and preserve audio recording media". Although at first sight this passage seems to refer to high-tech projects such as IRENE, there may be other, more modest ways to advance audio preservation technology. Here is an example.

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The Ghetto Brothers' Elusive Record Resurfaces, Four Decades Later

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

In the late 1960s, the Ghetto Brothers gang formed in the South Bronx. The primarily Puerto Rican and African-American club eventually grew to include several thousand members in the borough alone, and factions of the group spread throughout the U.S. But the Ghetto Brothers wasn't just a gang. They were also a rock band, formed by founding members Benjy, Robert and Victor Melendez.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

So long, Stag

Monday, November 19, 2012

Longtime New York Public Radio engineer Jim Stagnito, a.k.a. Stag, bid the station farewell last week.

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Seriously Vintage Vinyl

Friday, July 06, 2012

It’s like the stuff of science fiction: An audio historian at Indiana University has figured out a way for us to hear the world’s oldest gramophone recording – even though the disc and the player have long since disappeared.

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Hop On A Vintage MTA Train Or Bus This Month

Friday, December 10, 2010

If you're waiting on the M train platform any Sunday this month, you might be transported back to the 1930s. That's because the M.T.A. is once again running its vintage steel subway cars along the M line from Manhattan's Second Avenue stop to Queens Plaza.

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