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Vintage 60s and 70s oud and vocal music — part of the classical Arabic musical tradition, yet taking its rhythmic lead as much from the East African coast (just twenty miles across the Red Sea).

The earliest intelligible recording of the human voice: twenty seconds of Au Clair De La Lune, from 1860, seventeen years before Thomas Edison invented the phonograph. With an etched flip, notes and diagrams.

The wonderful blog presents a deadly selection of fiddles, shamisen, charango, Paraguyan harp, Indian vina, Lebanese oud, Persian violin and Vietnamese moon guitar, from 78s. Killer stuff, beautifully done.

Drawn from the hundreds of reel-to-reels and cassettes that Jones — aka The Hurricane, The Fireball — has made of his Southern preaching, raving between speech and song, since 1960. From Dust To Digital.