alan lomax recorded a lot of touching music

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09 Nov 2012, 7:23 pm

anyone knows him?



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09 Nov 2012, 8:10 pm

I am somewhat aware that he was archiving folk music and traveled around the country with a portable recorder


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09 Nov 2012, 9:16 pm

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09 Nov 2012, 9:19 pm

Yes,he recorded lots of "blues and hollers"from the South,the library of Congress used to have a good collection to sell.



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10 Nov 2012, 1:22 am

he preserved the music of the past for future generations to study. there is a lot of sociological information laid down in all those grooves.



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10 Nov 2012, 3:54 pm

I'll admit, I'm most familiar with his archival work from owning a copy of Moby's album Play. Moby sampled several of Lomax's recordings on that album, arguably the best known example being a 1937 recording called "Trouble So Hard" by Vera Hall, which Moby remixed into the song "Natural Blues". I've heard the original recording as well as Moby's version, and I have to say, although I like the Moby song, the original has a directness and earnestness that really struck me. Perhaps it's because there was no instrumentation save for Ms. Hall's voice.


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11 Nov 2012, 1:05 am

some of lomax's material is a sort of living window into the people/society of the 1800s. when it is reprocessed/transcribed via the smithsonian institution's new IRENE [Image Reconstruct Enhance Noise Elimination] optical transcription technique, the material really comes alive. :idea: