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Thursday, May 17, 2012

The 78 Project is on a mission to record today’s musicians with yesterday’s technology - a 1930s PRESTO direct-to-disc recorder. We'll hear about the project and give it a go, as the project records our musical guest, Justin Townes Earle, live on the air. 

A New Take on that Old-Timey Sound

Inspired by the field recordings of Alan Lomax, The 78 Project is on a mission to record today’s musicians with yesterday’s technology. With just a microphone, an authentic 1930′s PRESTO direct-to-disc recorder, and a blank lacquer disc, musicians are given the opportunity to make a recording anywhere they choose. Two staff members, Lavinia Wright and Alex Steyermark, join us to explain and they’ll record our guest, Justin Townes Earle, live on the air. 

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Web Extra: Justin Townes Earle and The 78 Project

Give your iPod that scratchy sound! Download an MP3 of Justin Townes Earle's "Memphis in the Rain," as recorded by The 78 Project on a genuine Presto 78 rpm disc recorder from the 1930s. Watch the video (in hi-fi) below.

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