Category Archives: Audio Archive

Experimental film, etc.

Lutz Mommartz (MOVING IMAGES) – Over 60 short works by this veteran German experimental filmmaker. Many of the films are without dialogue, but even those with non-subtitled German conversation can be appreciated for their poetic visuals and use of sound. … Continue reading

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Modern music

Other Minds Archive (AUDIO) – Radio programs from the San Francisco new music organization. Many of the episodes feature interviews with the composers. This list shows at a glance many of the composers you will find in the collection. It’s … Continue reading

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Justice League of Public Domain Victorian Characters?

Yeah, it doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. Alan Moore’s series, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen , affords the readers a Steampunk setting for these fanciful creations of Victorian imagination. The original series, illustrated bye Kevin O’Neill, premiered in 1999 … Continue reading

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MLK – A Hero's Journey

A hero is one who has given him(her)self up to the benefit of another. April 4 marks the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination. Voicing ideas and challenging authority is a path lined with fatal dangers. In an extreme case … Continue reading

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Whistling through the Archive

One of our volunteer curators, Diana Hamilton, put together a playlist from the 78 RPM and Cylinder Archive collections featuring expert whistlers. You can download an m3u playlist, or visit the individual song pages below to download the audio files … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger: Stephen Upjohn, Librarian for Other Minds

The Other Minds Archive*, which is hosted by the Internet Archive, represents the organization’s efforts to digitally preserve and make freely available, hundreds of hours of interviews, lectures, poetry readings, and musical performances featuring avant-garde composers, musicians, artists, and authors. … Continue reading

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Story Time

Let’s all put our heads on our desks and listen to a story from The Story Lady. Afterwards, we’ll have apple juice and some graham crackers with peanut butter. My personal favorites are below, but there are plenty more to … Continue reading

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Creepy Crawlies

As part of my aversion therapy regimen, I thought it would be “fun” to put together an entire post about spiders. Thiodina sylvana : An academically oriented video of a jumping spider Spider trapping a large bug Spider Engineers : … Continue reading

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A Little Accordion Music Never Hurt Anybody

Invented in the early 19th century, the accordion plays an important part of musical traditions around the world from Mexican Norteño music and 1950s chanson singing to tango, polka and Zydeco. In refutation of the famous saying, “A gentleman is … Continue reading

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Rockin' In The 80s

Sometimes we can’t resist a little musical time traveling at the Archive. If you feel the need to relive your youth, take a moment to play the following concerts: Dream Syndicate Live at Backstage on 1982-12-02 John Cipollina Live at … Continue reading

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Alternative Christmas Music

The holidays are an occasion for celebration, and we can’t think of a better way to rejoice than with a little music. My current favorite is A Happy Puppy Christmas, with stunning renditions of Merry Christmas Darling and Chester the … Continue reading

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A Little Piano Music & Music for A Little Piano

As days grow shorter and winter evenings stretch out ever longer, the contemplative voice of a solo piano can be quite soothing. The Archive has some wonderful selections to accent tea or wine-sipping evenings spent at home: Michael Nyman performs … Continue reading

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Poetry on the Archive

Audio Love Letters Unsent to People Unmet by John Robinson A prayer by Jeremy Young Texts Our Holidays in Poetry compiled by Mildred P. Harrington and Josephine H. Thomas in 1929 Twentieth Century American Poetry The Spider’s Tongue by Jim … Continue reading

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This Week in History

This week in 1933 the US established diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union, Oklahoma became the 46th state in 1907 (see this Encyclopedia Britannica educational film from 1942 to learn more about OK, “land of the red men”), Burgess Meredith … Continue reading

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Entertaining Audio

Here are a few choice audio items to lighten up your Friday afternoon: So Slow (the weight loss song) Boobs (streaming only – track 3) Head’s Too Big (DittyBops 8/3/2005) One Dollar About Emma – Alexis

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Afropop Worldwide

Afropop Worldwide is a collection of radio programs that touches on the music and culture of Africa and people of African descent. This public radio program is hosted by Georges Collinet, and is heard throughout Europe, Africa, and the United … Continue reading

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Songs for Kids

The Internet Archive has over 100,000 audio items, but some of our favorites are songs written for children. A personal favorite is the catchy “I’m In A Pickle,” about a pickle-obsessed klutz. For anyone who doesn’t like their vegetables, ” … Continue reading

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Scary Music for Halloween

Looking for some dramatic music for your Halloween party? Or maybe you’re just looking to scare the beejeebies out of some trick or treaters? Check out Calling All Fiends, a compilation of Halloween-inspired songs released by OddioOverplay.com. – Alexis

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Superman arrives in the Old Time Radio collection

One of our Archive users has been uploading hundreds of episodes of The Adventures of Superman into our Old Time Radio collection. Check them out! Episodes 1-21 Episodes 22-45 Episodes 46-69 Episodes 70-96 Episodes 97-156 Episodes 157-195 Episodes 196-243 Episodes … Continue reading

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Dead update

There is a new Grateful Dead distribution policy announced here: http://www.archive.org/about/faqs.php#245 -brewster

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