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Patrick Feaster
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Patrick Feaster

is a specialist in the history, culture, and preservation of early sound media.  A three-time Grammy nominee and co-founder of the First Sounds Initiative, he has been actively involved in locating, making audible, and contextualizing many of the world's oldest sound recordings. He received his doctorate in Folklore and Ethnomusicology in 2007 from Indiana University Bloomington, where he currently works as Media Preservation Specialist for the Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative.

Check out my blog for my latest thoughts and experiments, including some forays into visual media such as this animation of a stereoview, circa 1870:

Other recent news

  • Pictures of Sound won the 2013 ARSC Award for Excellence in the Best General Research in Recorded Sound / Best History category and was also nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award for Best Historical Album.
  • Two of my most recent publications are "The Artifice of Nineteenth-Century Phonographic Business Dictation" (Velvet Light Trap), in which I discuss early strategies for editing dictated correspondence as precursors of later sound-editing practices, and "Phonographic Etiquette; or, The Spirit Moves Mr. Knowles" (Victorian Review), a short sociolinguistic analysis of one of George Gouraud's lesser-known yellow paraffin cylinders of 1888.

  • My work with Emile Berliner's 1889 recording of "Der Handschuh" was covered in a piece by Lemke Kraan entitled "De verloren plaat" ("The Lost Record"), broadcast by Holland Doc Radio (Radio 1, Netherlands) on November 24, 2013.
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