Welcoming Recorded Music to the Public Domain

Every January we feature works that are entering the public domain. And this year the big story is in recorded music. Approximately 400,000 sound recordings made before 1923 will join the public domain in the U.S. for the first time due to the Music Modernization Act (read more at copyright.gov). You can peruse about 38,000…

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Welcoming Recorded Music to the Public Domain

Every January we offer works that are entering the public domain. And this year the tall legend is in recorded music.

Approximately 400,000 sound recordings made sooner than 1923 will join the general public domain within the U.S. for the first time due to the Music Modernization Act (read more at copyright.gov). Chances are you’ll peep about 38,000 of them in our series of digitized 78rpm records.

By 1922 we had been solidly within the Jazz Age – F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tales of the Jazz Age was as soon as printed in 1922, and the time length was as soon as already in fashionable utilization. Jazz migrated from Sad American communities in Contemporary Orleans into the comfort of the US, having progressed from its roots in rag time, blues and Creole music.  Truly, 1922 was as soon as the year Louis Armstrong left Contemporary Orleans to affix King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band in Chicago.

Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1911) written by Irving Berlin and performed by Collins and Harlan

Eye the series to listen to early jazz classics like Don’t Care Blues by Mamie Smith and her Jazz Hounds, Ory’s Creole Trombone by Little one Ory’s Sunshine Orchestra, and Jazzin’ Babies Blues by Ethel Waters.

Early recordings by Bert Williams (the first Sad American on Broadway and the first Sad man to principal particular person in a movie), Fanny Brice (the actual-lifestyles ‘Humorous Girl’), Enrico Caruso (the legendary Italian operatic tenor), and so many others give lifestyles and charm to our imaginings of the early 20th century.

Listed here are a pair of of the tip songs from 1922, to give you a style:

But individually when I “flip by design of” these records I’m continuously drawn to the novelty songs

There’s an entire form of sound imitations, like Violin Mimicry the set a violin is ragged to mimic other folks talking, Jingles from the Marsh Birds with a particular person imitating birds imitating fashionable songs (ethical as confusing because it sounds), and A Cat-astrophe with other folks imitating reasonably catastrophic cats to music.

You per chance also can skip the jokes and lunge straight to laughing ethical for the sake of it with these gems:  Laughs You Maintain Met, Gennett Laughing Document, and The Okeh Laughing Document, or preserve to discover comparatively of music with laughing choruses like Ticklish Reuben, She Offers Them The complete Ha-Ha-Ha, Surrender Your Tickling, Jock! or And Then I Laughed.

And per chance my favorite of the bunch is Fido is a Hot Dog Now which looks to be a pair of dogs who’s properly going to hell.

Fido is a Hot Dog Now (1914) by Billy Murray

As atypical, we are also welcoming some unique books, films, journals, and sheet music – this time from 1926! (Uncover about 1925, 1924, and 1923 in earlier posts.)

Some fashionable first model books from 1926:

The Dresses We Wear (1926) by Frank and Frances Wood employee

Other attention-grabbing books from 1926 that you just might are attempting to explore contain Reward Boat by Edna Ferber which was as soon as made into the musical Reward Boat in 1927 with music by Jerome Kern, The Dresses We Wear by Frank and Frances Wood employee which is a younger particular person suited exploration of how apparel are made the total manner from the realm by design of weaving and into sewing, or The Art of Kissing by Clement Wood which is exquisite self explanatory.

We invite you to explore a pair of of the other objects dated 1926 in our collections to search out your individual relaxing objects that would per chance also now be within the general public domain.

Please join us for a digital party on January 20, 2022 at 1pm Pacific/4pm Jap time with a keynote from Senator Ron Wyden, champion of the Music Modernization Act and a bunch of musical acts, dancers, historians, librarians, teachers, activists and other leaders from the Open world! (And sure, we DO discover a book from 1926 about how to throw the realm’s noteworthy party.)

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  1. Aditya avatar

    For a good time, peruse [1].

    At Google, I was running the Cinema Club (in-person only showings of movies on DVD every Thursday night). I came across this movie and loved it. It had 4 stars from Roger Ebert. How you gonna beat that? Lots of people including me wanted to show it at Google.

    It turns out that Ms. Paley had figured her 12 songs from the 1920s must be out of copyright, right? Wrong. The songs were not, and the publisher asked for (if memory serves) $40K or so per song.

    Rather than negotiate it down and use that 4-star review to make $$$ from it, she did this Creative Commons thing. But you can't give away what you don't own.

    Google's lawyer said No. She did some more complicated stuff, and the lawyer said "I've spent an hour trying to figure this out, and it's way more time than I should spend. So: still No."

    It's a fun movie, though. Watch it.

    [1] https://www.sitasingstheblues.com/