Is it possible to find free or cheap audio samples of Victorian recordings converted from their original format? I can't find anything when I do a search on google or bing. I find it difficult to do searches on anything these days...it gives me so much crap that it thinks is related but really isn't.
I could potentially settle for something from the early 1900s too? Otherwise, it's much easier to find examples of Victorian sheet music, so maybe I could use that method instead... I'm not even sure I want to use a sample or sheet music, I'm just exploring options at this stage.
Re: Looking for Victorian era or early 1900s samples
Originally Posted by glasscrow
find it difficult to do searches on anything these days...it gives me so much crap that it thinks is related but really isn't.
Brushing up on your google fu might work wonders, and as Relic said, if it's not hosted on public domain sites like archive.org you're probably looking for something that isn't there at this point.
If it exists in the abundance that you expect it to, it's probably already copy + pasted all over YT as well. Although it's a poor place to look in terms of quality, this could point you in the right direction to find the actual files.
There was actually recording by the 1850s, but it was basically a visual recording of the waveform that couldn't be played back without digital interpretation, which wasn't done until the late 2000s. There's a few samples on that page, but I'd look at the library of congress website for more. They preserve old recordings digitally and I think everything there that old should be public domain.
This is a really handy resource, though their "Ethic Humor" section should be renamed the "Let's Have a Laugh at Cultural Minorities" section, as most of the recordings there seem to be taking the piss / making fun of the races in question. Many have sod all to do with the "wit and humor" of the nationalities listed. The fact they also have a ""Humorous recitations" section as well, only serves to highlight this "Ethnic" section all the more.
Even so, this is still a cool archive for "old stuff" for sampling.