The stories feature recordings from popular and classical music performances, distinctly American musical forms like jazz, bebop, country, and bluegrass, and film scores. Old favorites, rare gems, and some never heard before… from Cab Calloway to the castrated stars of Italian opera, you’ll hear it all on the Sound Beat!
Each daily 90-second Sound Beat episode focuses on one particular recording from the Archive, and provides an entertaining back story detailing its place in recording history.
And it’s not just music. Sound Beat episodes also feature speeches and spoken word performances from some of the great thinkers, political figures and luminaries from the late 19th and early- to mid-20th centuries. People like Thomas Edison, George Bernard Shaw, Amelia Earhart, Albert Einstein, and Theodore Roosevelt.