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Antique Phonograph Portal

June 2011

The Antique Phonograph Music Program, presented by Mac on New Jersey's WFMU, broadcasts a selection of "music from the acoustic era" cut onto wax cylinders, every Tuesday evening 8–9pm (Eastern Standard Time). Click here to listen to an Antique Phonograph mix with notes, exclusive to The Wire.

1: The National Jukebox By The Library of Congress

"This recently launched site makes thousands of historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. Recordings in the Jukebox were issued on record labels during the acoustic era, now owned by Sony Music Entertainment, which has granted the Library Of Congress a gratis license to stream acoustical recordings."

1: iPhonograph

"Want to combine your love of modern technology with an appreciation of obsolete aural technology? The iPhonograph comes to you with a reproduction 1890s metal horn that connects to your iPhone and videos that show a spinning 78 playing period music for your own little 21st century phonograph experience."

1: Discographical Project

"A reference site for collectors of 78s where on one page you can date any of your 78 labels from Abbot to Zonophone. This is run by an individual collector who spends his own time and money updating the listings. Collectors who use it often submit records that are not listed and contribute a few dollars to keep this site alive."

1: Cylinder Preservation & Digitization Project

"The University of Santa Barbara have created a digital collection of over 8,000 cylinder recordings held by the Department Of Special Collections. In an effort to bring these recordings to a wider audience, they can be freely downloaded or streamed online."

1: Encyclopedic Discography Of Victor Recordings

"Victor was the premier manufacturer of high quality phonographs and the undisputed leader in identifying the fact that records would sell the machines. They always signed the best singers, instrumentalists and artistic whistlers and dominated the industry for the first 25 years of the 20th century. This site gives tons of info about the company along with audio to hear the records."

1: Antique Phonograph Music Program

"Tooting my own phonograph horn here! As we know, there is a vast amount of free music available online for you to slog through at your leisure. Unfortunately, most folks don’t have the time or luck to find the right source for exploring new old music. My program gives you one hour presentations of acoustic material to introduce you to the stars and styles of the acoustic area. There are hundreds of shows available to listen to, or get the podcast, if you want a weekly fix delivered to your listening device."

1: Antique Phonograph Enthusiasts On Facebook

"This site is a community where collectors of records and talking machines contribute to a repository of music, conversations and a general knowledge of this growing hobby. Check out the photo archives for fantastic images of people showing their love of their phonographs."

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