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British Library Sounds


British Library Sounds

This group discusses content available on the British Library Sounds website.

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British Library Sounds presents a selection of audio items from the British Library’s extensive collections of unique sound recordings, which come from all over the world and cover the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds. Tens of thousands of digitised recordings and their associated documentation are present, many of which are available worldwide to the general public to listen to online.

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A.R. Gregory Kenyan bird recordings

Started by Cheryl Tipp. Last reply by Richard Ranft Nov 19, 2012. 1 Reply

Today saw the launch of a new collection of Kenyan bird recordings on British Library Sounds. The recordings were all made by Kenyan-based ornithologist and sound recordist A.R. Gregory, who…Continue

website shortlisted in prestigious website awards

Started by Richard Ranft Oct 19, 2012. 0 Replies

The British Library Sounds website ( has been shortlisted in the Education category of this year’s prestigious Lovie Awards, which asseses the…Continue

Tags: awards, lovie, website, British Library

Australian Dawn Chorus

Started by Cheryl Tipp. Last reply by Cheryl Tipp Aug 31, 2012. 2 Replies

This week's selected recording takes us to the other side of the world where we can listen in on an Australian dawn chorus. This particular example was made by Dr David Lumsdaine in 1989 and…Continue

Tags: phonography, dawn, Australia

British sportsmen and women interviews added

Started by Richard Ranft Jul 10, 2012. 0 Replies

New on the oral history our Sounds website today:…Continue

Tags: oral history, sports

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Comment by Richard Ranft on June 20, 2012 at 13:19

Great story. The claim is for the world's oldest "record" - i.e. the world's oldest disc recording. There are older recordings: on Edison cylinders from c. 1877 onwards and phonautographs dating from 1857.

Comment by Paul Wilson on June 20, 2012 at 13:02

A researcher at Indiana University is claiming to have discovered what may be the world's oldest sound recording - Emile Berliner reciting lines from a German ballad in 1889. The recording in the form of an image printed on paper was reproduced in an 1890 issue of German journal "Über Land und Meer".

Comment by Linda Ligios on May 28, 2012 at 13:33

Wonderful sound from the prehistoric cavern, very refreshing indeed in this very hot day!

Comment by Richard Ranft on May 28, 2012 at 9:46

In need of refreshment during this hot summery weather? Try listening to this cool prehistoric cavern #blsounds

Comment by Richard Ranft on April 23, 2012 at 18:45

On each day this week, The British Library is featuring  a different 'Sound of the Day' on its Facebook page:

Comment by Richard Ranft on February 6, 2012 at 11:07

Hi David, no problem with the term 'noise'! (just as 'flowers'/'weeds' are a matter of perspective). Happy to help and look forward to hearing more.

Comment by David Hendy on February 6, 2012 at 10:55

Hi Richard,
The choice of 'Noise' is meant to be provocative, but you can certainly count me as thinking of music, speech or natural sounds in much more loving terms! It's possible that either my producer Matt Thompson, or the Commissioning Editor at Radio 4, Tony Phillips, will be in touch imminently off-list, and yes, we should then certainly come and meet you and talk more about it all - that would be fantastic.

Comment by Richard Ranft on February 6, 2012 at 10:50

Hi David, we have more than 3.5 million recorded examples of noise in our collections, although most people will describe them more lovingly as music, speech or natural and environmental sounds; and many expert staff who can discuss ideas with you. I suggest you contact us directly to meet up here in London.

Comment by David Hendy on February 6, 2012 at 10:42

I wanted to join this group because I'm about to begin work on a 30-part series for BBC Radio 4 for early-2013, called 'Noise: a Human History' - basically a history of sound and hearing. I hope that I can learn more about the BL's sound archives and how they might enrich both my research and, if possible, the programmes themselves.

Comment by Cheryl Tipp on January 26, 2012 at 10:17

Ah, thanks! Glad you're enjoying this!


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