Centuries of Sound

is creating mixes for every year of recorded sound

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Standard membership of Centuries of Sound provides full access to a range of benefits:

* HIGH BITRATE DOWNLOADS OF MIXES
* Bonus packs with extra content including source files
* The radio podcast, where we break up the sounds with discussion of the music and history of each year - this is released two years in advance of the main feed.
* Exclusive compilations of artists and themes parallel to the main mix
* An archive of over 30 themed mixes
* Be listed as an expert in a chosen field of historical sound on our site
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All of the benefits of being a standard member, plus


* A unique hour-long mix made for you from music and speech of your choice

* Be the first to hear / see new projects from Centuries of Sound

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About

At Centuries of Sound I am making an audio mix for every year of recorded sound. Starting with 1860, a mix is posted every month until we catch up with the present day. The scope is moreorless everything, music of course, but also speech and other sounds, the only limit being that music and sounds used must be from that year. Dip in to a year to travel back in time to a soundscape of a forgotten era, or join me on our journey from the first experiments in the 1850s to the present day, with posts about contemporary history, literature, art and film, and our new radio series in which we discuss the music and events of the year. The site is entirely ad-free, and with your help can stay that way permanently.

Centuries of Sound is a huge project, but is created entirely in my spare time - I also have a full-time job and two young children. If enough people become members, it means I will be able to justify dedicating enough of my time to the site to make it what I hope it can be.

"A monumental, ongoing project to release mixtapes for every year of recorded sound... ...it’s fascinating to literally listen to how far we’ve come since Scott de Martinville’s phonautogram" - Claire Voon, Hyperallergic

"A blog with an intriguing mission: to chronicle the history of recorded sound by releasing a mixtape of recordings from every year since its invention... ...speeches start to be layered over musical performances, creating a listening experience that’s as pleasurable as it is educational." - Matt Gerardi, The AV Club

"Centuries of Sound is hunting down recordings from every year since 1860 and, along with a fascinating and erudite blog, is piecing together the entire history of sound from lampblack to shellac then vinyl and onward. Will we go long on Norweigan death metal or Brazilian psyche?" Simon Fluendy, The Guardian

"One of the most interesting projects that I have come across in the past few months... ...part found audio project, part historical documentary." - Calen Cross, Bello Collective

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