This podcast ponders the moment we began to play back recorded sounds. It’s a factual history of the phonograph and gramophone, but told through dreams and nightmares of the voices of the dead, the nature of time, the rapture, AI, androids, elephants, canned foods, mechanical menaces, alchemy, and so on. Now hear this.

EPISODE LINKS

Episode 16 – Alessandro Moreschi and the Blessed Knife

This episode begins (just about) and ends (indeed) with recordings of Alessandro Moreschi – AKA the Angel of Rome – AKA...

Episode 15 – Lost in Transylvania

This episode concludes our recent discussion on death and the phonograph. We talk about: the last message of Cardinal Manning, Alfred...

Episode 14 – The Resurrection of Robert Browning

This episode continues our exploration of spiritualism, death and the phonograph with a discussion of the life, death and resurrection of the...

Episode 13 – Blavatsky and the Etheric Planes

We broaden our discussion of technology and Victorian spiritualism to include: WT Stead and the sinking of the Titanic, more...

Episode 12 – A Voice from the Dead

In this episode we begin an exploration of death and the phonograph that will continue for a few more episodes....

Episode 11 – Ich bin ein Emile Berliner

This episode starts by sharing a few popular stories inspired by the hopes and fears of a phonographic future, before...

Tales in the Groove 3 – Copywrongs: Starring Lawrence Lessig, John Oswald and Mickey Mouse

This is the story of how Mickey Mouse has been covertly destroying our cultural heritage. Well, his management at least....

Episode 10 – Gladstone and the Undead Stenographer

The show is on the road again! This episode is mostly about Edison’s somewhat doomed attempt to market the phonograph...

Episode 9 – Severed Ears in Quebec

This episode is mostly about Alexander Graham Bell, the Volta Laboratory and Bureau, and severed ears. Enjoy! http://media.blubrry.com/noiseinthegroove/p/noiseinthegroove.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Episode-9.mp3Podcast: Play in...

Tales in the Groove 2 – Dot Dot Dot Dash – Victory – Vendetta

A story of how the first four notes of Beethoven’s 5th symphony became an audible symbol of resistance against Hitler’s...

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About me: Hello, I’m Ramsey Janini. I’m currently a historian, copy editor, English teacher, and general creator of podcasts, music, and rhyming poems about insects. The research and ideas of this podcast emerged out of a PhD project at the University of Manchester.  If you have any personal comments, questions, or suggestions you can reach me through the contact form below. So get in touch, as I’d love to hear your thoughts on the show, and thanks for listening.