EMI Archive Trust creates Sound Of The Hound podcast series


The EMI Archive Trust has created a new podcast series that looks at the history of recorded sound. It is called ‘The Sound Of The Hound’ (in tribute to Nipper, the canine made famous in the His Master’s Voice painting that gave the label and the HMV retail stores their names) and is presented by Dave Holley, who formerly ran Abbey Road Studios, and music writer James Hall.

The podcast will share “the adventures, stories and lives of the entrepreneurs, artists and eccentrics who invented the music industry and brought recorded music to the masses at the tail end of the nineteenth century”.

The podcast uses the work of Fred Gaisberg of The Gramophone Company (the precursor to EMI) as the narrative thread. “Gaisberg was essentially the world’s first A&R man and more; a Victorian amalgam of Steve Jobs, Indiana Jones and Simon Cowell,” as the blurb puts it. Here are the very building blocks of the industry we all work in today given the prominence and praise they deserve.


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Written by: Eamonn Forde