When Liszt transcribed Paganini: remix culture [was vital] was in the era before recording technology. Remixes back then required transcriptions and new performances of the pieces created, to make new pieces. Transcription/remix culture provides a set of parallels that might help us understand that what we are doing is not some odd form of new […]

Spirit rappings

August 20, 1852, Wednesday Page 2 of the New York Times, 695 words Mr. ORVILLE HATCH, of Franklin, Conn., has become insane, he having devoted considerable attention to the subject of Spirit Rappings. Mr. HATCH is a farmer, and has been instrumental in introducing many important improvements in agriculture into the town in which he […]

William Litten song

This post is a recording of a fast and furious guitar performance of a fiddle tune called “Kiss My Lady” which was transcribed in 1800 (or so) by a ship’s musician named William Litten. Musically I wanted something energetic and raw. I didn’t care about mistakes except if they were bad enough to really mar […]

Ella Waltz 06032007

This post is a recording of the composition Ella Waltz by D.E. Jannon, which was published in 1854. MP3: Lucas Gonze — Ella Waltz Ogg Vorbis: Lucas Gonze — Ella Waltz It is the third of a set of three waltzes by D.E. Jannon. I have also blogged recordings of Amy Waltz and Carrie Waltz. […]