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Hand-made Thank You Postcards: A big stack of postcards is ready, and before too long they'll be in the mail!
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The CD of 1920s Foxtrots is ready too. Here is the track list of vintage music that awaits those project backers -- all recorded from my own 78 collection. Performers include the Club Royal Orchestra, Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra, the Joseph C. Smith Orchestra, the Benson Orchestra, Johnny Hamp and his Kentucky Serenaders, The International Novelty Orchestra, and others.
“Black Bottom” Johnny Hamp's Kentucky Serenaders, 1926 Victor 20101-B
“The Vamp” Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra, 1919 Victor 18594-B
“Croon a Little Lullaby” International Novelty Orchestra, 1925 Victor 19752-B
“O Katharina!” Lou Gold and His Orchestra, 1925 Cameo 1311
“Sugar Plum” George Olsen and his Music, 1925 Victor 19859-B
“Biminy” George Olsen and His Music, 1924 Victor 19429-B
“I Wonder What’s Become of Sally?” Lido Venice Dance Orchestra, 1924 Perfect 14295 B
“Tell Me” Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra, 1919 Victor 18594-A
“Titina” International Novelty Orchestra, 1925 Victor 19586-B
“Mazie” All Star Trio, Assisted by their Orchestra, 1921 Victor 18738-A
“Just Snap your Fingers at Care — Darling" Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra, 1920 Victor 35704-A
“Vamp Me” The Bar Harbor Society Orchestra, 1921 Vocalion B 24448
“Who’ll Take My Place When I’m Gone?” Club Royal Orchestra, 1922 Victor 18919-A
“Sweet Lady” Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra, 1921 Victor 18803-A
“Yellow Dog Blues” Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra (featuring Harry Redman and his Laughing Trombone), 1919 Victor 18618-B
“Dardanella” Selvin's Novelty Orchestra, 1919 Victor 18633-A
“Somebody Stole My Gal” Ted Weems and His Orchestra, 1923 Victor 19212-B
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DVD of "Victrola Cinema." This short piece was in some way a seed for the larger project: hand-developed black and white 16mm film paired with a 78 record as the soundtrack. I've shown it with a "live" Victrola accompaniment, syncing the needle drop on screen with the live record player in the movie theater. My little joke is that this short was produced with the old "Vitaphone" film sound system. Well, not quite.
I should point out that the title "Victrola Cinema" is a bit of a misnomer. The "Vic 1" in the film is a Victor Talking Machine and the term "Victrola" actually refers to the internal horn machines that came later. But most people tend to use "Victrola" pretty generically for any sort of Victor machine, and even for gramophones made by other companies, the same way that one can blow one's nose with a "Kleenex" even if it's some other brand of facial tissue. And the title "Gramophone Cinema" just doesn't have the same ring to it.
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Signed Dame Darcy poster. Here is the artist herself with the proof copy!
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Listening Session. This is actually one of my favorite things to offer on Kickstarter since it's a reward for me as well as for you! You can listen to my guest appearance with DJ MAC's Antique Phonograph Program on WFMU to get a sense of the experience and what we might put on the Victrola to listen to together.
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Artwork. Taking some footage to the lab this week for a few new "camerapaintings." You can see some examples on the Microscope Gallery site from the show of "Light Objects" that took place in September of 2012.