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Old 04-02-2018, 06:00 PM   #1
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Looking for Victorian era or early 1900s samples

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.

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Old 04-02-2018, 07:26 PM   #2
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Re: Looking for Victorian era or early 1900s samples

What recording devices exhisted in the 1800s? Maybe some stuff in the latter half of the century? I’d try archieve.org for one. Or look for “public domain” audio.

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Old 04-02-2018, 07:36 PM   #3
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Re: Looking for Victorian era or early 1900s samples

The phonograph was invented by Edison in 1877.

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Old 05-02-2018, 09:06 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 05-02-2018, 10:15 AM   #5
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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.

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Old 05-02-2018, 01:02 PM   #6
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Re: Looking for Victorian era or early 1900s samples

years ago i found some of these recordings on youtube and bookmarked them, but i don`t have 30 posts yet, i can`t share links...

go to youtube channel of "National Museum of American History"

for example: Volta Labs Recording 1
Electrotyped copper negative disc of a sound recording, deposited at SI in October 1881 in sealed tin box

or Volta Labs Recording 2

Glass disc recording, produced photographically on November 17, 1884. Inscription: "Exp. III Nov. 17 1884/Style vibrations to word/ Barometer/H. G. Rogers"



This reminds me, that i always wanted to resample and use them in my productions
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i think id sample from Movies set in victorian times.

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Old 08-02-2018, 11:01 AM   #8
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Old 09-02-2018, 03:51 PM   #9
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this is a super awesome sample source... i already used 2 "cylinders" in a track i am working on now.
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Re: Looking for Victorian era or early 1900s samples

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.

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Old 09-02-2018, 05:35 PM   #11
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Re: Looking for Victorian era or early 1900s samples

Following Centuries of Sound on mixcloud could give you some pointers/ material.

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There's a blog too with download links.

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Old 15-02-2018, 04:18 PM   #12
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Re: Looking for Victorian era or early 1900s samples

Depends on what are You looking for. Try some audiobooks.

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Old 05-04-2018, 06:32 PM   #13
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These links are AWESOME and exactly what I was looking for. You guys rock. Thanks so much!
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Old 06-04-2018, 09:33 PM   #14
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Re: Looking for Victorian era or early 1900s samples

I read the title as "Victorian era or early 1900s samplers", I would've had some bad news for you

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