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IU Bloomington sound media historian Patrick Feaster and IU Jacobs School of Music Professor Wayne Wallace’s quintet both have 2014 Grammy nominations. Feaster’s book and CD set, titled “Pictures of Sound: One Thousand Years of Educed Audio: 980-1980,” is nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Historical Album. The compilation details Feaster’s use of digital […]

Patrick Feaster

May 31, 2012

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IU sound media historian Patrick Feaster accomplishes the seemingly impossible task of creating sound from century-old images. He’s uncovered and played back what may be the world’s oldest record.


“As long as they let me have a camera, I’ll grind it.” So says Orson Welles in this audio excerpt below from a recording made after the premiere of Welles’s landmark film Citizen Kane. The recording, which exists on a lacquer disc in the Orson Welles Collection at the Lilly Library, was one of the […]