Sunday, June 14, 2015

Densmore, Frances - recorded Native American music

Densmore, Frances began learning, recording and transcribing Native American music in 1907 for the Smithsonian Institution's Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE).

Over the course of 50+ years she made thousands of recordings. She used wax cylinders, many of which still exist in the Library of Congress.

The following is a (rather noisy) example. It's looks like it's actually being played directly from a wax cylinder!

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