Fonotopia

Episode 4: Life

Posted in Episodes by nissarhusseinkhan on April 2, 2010

Yep. It’s a big one. The agony, the ecstasy, all the big questions, and it begins with the “Dies Irae” (“The Wrath of God”). Enjoy! (more…)

Episode 3: The Ottoman Empire

Posted in Episodes by nissarhusseinkhan on March 26, 2010

Behold — Episode 3: The Music of the Ottoman Empire.

In this episode, Ian takes you from Mozart’s grandparents to the last days of the Turkish Pretty Boy Floyd. The Ottoman Empire was vast, vast. Think of all the music. (more…)

Episode 2: “Goodbye Babylon” – Early Southern Gospel Music, with Lance Ledbetter

Posted in Episodes by nissarhusseinkhan on March 19, 2010
Brother Claude Ely

Brother Claude Ely

Listen to episode 2 of Fonotopia with Ian Nagoski, “Goodbye Babylon”:

Lance Ledbetter of the Grammy-winning Dust-to-Digital label joins Ian to explore the sounds, stories, and sermons of early Southern gospel music. Songs are from Dust-to-Digital’s “Goodbye Babylon” and “Take Me to the Water” compilations.

Ian on the Turkish “Pretty Boy Floyd”

Posted in Uncategorized by nissarhusseinkhan on March 19, 2010

After you’re done at the Fonotopia blog, head on over to Excavated Shellac. Ian has a beast of an article on a revenge-themed song from 1910 that he says is basically the Turkish version of Woody Guthrie’s “Pretty Boy Floyd.”

You’ll hear this song when we post Fonotopia episode #3, Music of the Ottoman Empire. Keep your eyes and ears peeled!

Welcome to Fonotopia with Ian Nagoski – Episode I

Posted in Episodes by nissarhusseinkhan on February 3, 2010

Welcome to Fonotopia – the world on record.

Our new radio program will resurrect the most beautiful music recorded on 78 rpm discs during the first decades of the 20th century. Keep reading…

Proto-Fonotopia on Maryland Morning

Posted in Uncategorized by nissarhusseinkhan on February 3, 2010

In June 2009, Ian tapped his vast 78rpm collection to let listeners of WYPR’s Maryland Morning hear a few favorites, including a song by two Indian women that he swears are sisters and a South African hit that was covered by Louis Armstrong, Bill Haley and the Comets, and Lawrence Welk. Take a listen:

In December, he returned to introduce us to the world of Greek hash den music:
Keep reading…

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