Link Roundup

  • First up is this Washington Post Magazine profile of Baltimore record collector/curator, Ian Nagowski, who has made a name for himself digging up and releasing old immigrant recordings. His most prominent re-discovery is of Greek immigrant, Marika Papagika, who was at one time one of the most successful and widely recorded artists in the country.
  • The City Paper recently featured Rockville theremin player/builder, Arthur Harrison.

Arthur Harrison & theremin

  • I got a big kick out of this 1988 video of Russian engineer, Vladimir Demin, and his computer-controlled accordion. From Hack a Day.
  • In the late-1930s, radio engineer William Savory recorded nearly 1000 discs of jazz performances, which have remained unheard since they were originally broadcast. The collection has now been donated to the Jazz Museum in Harlem, and engineers are beginning the long process of cleaning and restoring the audio. The NY Times has an excellent story on this collection, including some fascinating multimedia features.