Welcome to Fonotopia with Ian Nagoski – Episode I
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.
Middle Eastern oud masters driving dancers into a frenzy? Romanian cantors memorializing Holocaust victims? American country legends leaving aural suicide notes? Portuguese fado singers celebrating the dignity of the poor? We don’t discriminate. If it’s astounding and it was recorded, you’ll hear it and you’ll learn the story of the people and culture that made it.
Ian Nagoski loves this music to death. The vast scope of his knowledge about it is scary. He tells funny stories. He’ll be your host.
Ian was on WYPR’s Maryland Morning a couple times talking about this music, and MDM producers Lawrence Lanahan and Bruce Wallace got to thinking that people should be able to hear a whole show of this stuff. We’re currently developing Fonotopia into a full-hour radio program, with a new theme each week. For your listening pleasure, now, please enjoy our first hour of Fonotopia: “Vocal Virtuosi.”
Since we’re still developing Fonotopia, we want—no, need—your feedback. Tell us everything: the ecstasy, the agony, how you’d change what you heard, what you’d like to hear next time. Leave a comment below.