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Heeeeeeeeeeeere’s Johnny!

Last week my colleague Daniel Blazek told the interesting story of how the Library came to acquire audio transcription discs of 1960s-era Tonight Show broadcasts via the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service. Of course, the very existence of these discs is, to say the least, unexpected—record discs of TV show audio?—and given the preservation […]

Where’s Johnny?

The following is a guest post by Daniel Blazek, Recorded Sound Technician, National Audio-Visual Conservation Center   The Tonight Show has become such a cultural institution in America that it is hard to imagine that early episodes were lost, as so many early television programs on tape were erased when subsequent broadcasts were taped over […]

“Mostly Lost” and the Art of Film Forensics

The following is a guest post from Rachel Parker, a Processing Technician in the Moving Image Section. “Welcome to the Packard Campus Theater. Please power up your laptops and portable devices and be sure to speak loudly enough during the film so that everyone can hear you.” Not a usual pre-movie show request, is it? […]

The Sound of Silents

Silent films were never silent. From their earliest days as an exhibition attraction, motion pictures were accompanied by some form of music–typically a piano, a musical combo in more modest sized houses, and sometimes an entire orchestra in movie palaces. In some instances, the pianist was joined by a drummer employing sound effects, something I’ve […]

Audio Archaeology

Imagine looking page by page at magazines devoted to radio, recorded sound,  film, and television that previously could only be viewed by a visit to a library or an archive. In the past few years, we’ve been working with the Library’s Document Scan Center to digitize around 1 million pages of public domain media-related periodicals […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (June 19-21, 2014)

Saddle up as our Westerns series continues, including a terrific silent film this Saturday starring William S. Hart, cinema’s first major cowboy star. Thursday, June 19 (7:30 p.m.) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Warner Bros., 2007, R-rated*) Robert Ford, an eager recruit into the notorious James-Younger Gang, comes to grow […]

School’s Out!

As the perfect June weather makes it increasingly difficult to suppress thoughts of beautiful beaches,  gentle breezes,  and swaying palm trees, a Hawaiian getaway might seem the perfect solution. Let us offer this brief appreciation of the wide influence of Hawaiian music with links to audio from the Recorded Sound Section’s National Jukebox as background research. One of Hawai’i’s most beloved composers was […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (June 12-14, 2014)

Our focus on Westerns this month continues. Thursday, June 12 (7:30 p.m.) Monte Walsh (National General, 1970) Acclaimed cinematographer William A. Fraker made his directorial debut with this melancholy Western about a down-and-out ranch hand who finds himself part of a dying west. Lee Marvin stars as the title character with Jack Palance (in a […]