Worlds of Sound: The Story of Smithsonian Folkways

Worlds of Sound The Story of Smithsonian Folkways A man a microphone and a dreamWhen he opened his tiny recording studio in New York in Moses Asch had a larger than life dream To document and record all the sounds of his time He created Folkw

  • Title: Worlds of Sound: The Story of Smithsonian Folkways
  • Author: Richard Carlin
  • ISBN: 9780061563553
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A man, a microphone, and a dreamWhen he opened his tiny recording studio in New York in 1940, Moses Asch had a larger than life dream To document and record all the sounds of his time He created Folkways Records to achieve his goal, not just a record label but a statement that all sounds are equal and every voice deserves to be heard The Folkways catalog grew to includeA man, a microphone, and a dreamWhen he opened his tiny recording studio in New York in 1940, Moses Asch had a larger than life dream To document and record all the sounds of his time He created Folkways Records to achieve his goal, not just a record label but a statement that all sounds are equal and every voice deserves to be heard The Folkways catalog grew to include a myriad of voices, from world and roots music to political speeches the voices of contemporary poets and steam engines folk singers Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie and jazz pianists Mary Lou Williams and James P Johnson Haitian vodoun singers and Javanese court musicians deep sea sounds and sounds from the outer ring of Earth s atmosphere Until his death in 1986, Asch with the help of collaborators ranging from the eccentric visionary Harry Smith to academic musicologists created than 2000 albums, a sound scape of the contemporary world still unequalled in breadth and scope Worlds of Sound documents this improbable journey Along the way you ll meet A young Pete Seeger, revolutionizing the world with his five string banjo The amazing vocal ensembles of the Ituri PygmiesNorth American tree frogsElla Jenkins s children s musicLead Belly singing The Midnight Special The nueva canci n of Suni Paz.Folkways became a part of the Smithsonian Institution s collections shortly after Asch s death Today Smithsonian Folkways continues to make the worlds of sound Moe Asch first dreamed of 60 years ago available to all The Folkways vision is expansive and all inclusive, and Worlds of Sound advances its rich and lively spirit.

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    1. Think this one was recently remaindered, worth picking up just to get an overview of the, to put it mildly, eclectic range of music and sounds commercially issued by Folkways.

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