Early Recordings

Since 2012, Inja has been researching early recordings – mostly wax cylinders and records. This interest led her to develop a ground-breaking research project in whichimg_2496 early recording technologies were used to capture contemporary performances with various different musicians and instruments. These pages introduce her extensive work that reveals what those early technologies were capable of capturing and the extent to which performing musicians were required to adapt their performance practice when recording on wax.

For an overview of the project, see: here.

Recording session 1: piano with a phonograph:

Recording session 2: piano with multiple phonographs and multiple recording horns:

Recording session 3: piano and violin

Recording session 4:

Recording session 5:

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Recording session 9:

Recording session 10: