November 5th, 2007


Ancient Recordings Now Available In Digital Form

Thanks to Sally Jacobs for pointing this out [actually late last year]: The Donald C. Davidson Library at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has a “Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project” going in its Department of Special Collections. Here’s what the librarians say about this fascinating project: Cylinder recordings, the first commercially produced sound recordings, are a snapshot of musical …Continue reading →

The United States of Ap Meryk; Or Why Are There No Amerikens in Amerike

This story’s been around awhile, but I’ve just studied it in depth for the first time. You were taught in school, of course, that America was named after a Welshman, Richard Amerike (or in Welsh, ap Meryk), who was the patron of a Genoan sailor, Giovanni Cabatto (“John Cabot”), who in1497 sailed from England to what he called “New Found …Continue reading →

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