Sound Beat

Series produced by James O'Connor

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A quick trip through the history of recorded sound! Sound Beat is a daily, 90 second module highlighting the collection of the Belfer Audio Archive at Syracuse University.

Each Sound Beat episode focuses on a particular recording from the Archive, and provides a back story detailing its place in recording history.
What kinds of recordings? Popular and classical music performances, film scores those from distinctly American musical forms like jazz, bebop, country, and bluegrass. Old favorites, rare gems, and some we guarantee you’ve never heard before…from vaudeville to vinyl, you'll hear it all on Sound Beat.


11 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Famed lawman Wyatt Earp has been the subject of nearly a dozen movies, but his role as on-set advisor for westerns would have a major impact on fil...

Bought by WHAV


  • Added: May 02, 2016
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 1
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This live version of “25 Minutes to Go” is from Johnny Cash’s 1968 Columbia LP At Folsom Prison. The song gives a minute-by-minute description of a...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio and WHAV


  • Added: May 02, 2016
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 2
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You’re listening to the words of Mark Twain, performed by William Sterling Battis and… You’re on the Sound Beat This excerpt from Tom Sawyer, comin...

Bought by WHAV


  • Added: May 02, 2016
  • Length: 03:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: "The Usual Irish Way of Doing Things", Anti-Irish political cartoon, Credit: Thomas Nast
When "The Great Hunger" ravaged Ireland in the 1840's, some emigrants to the U.S. received a frosty welcome.

Bought by WHAV, KRZA, WCUW 91.3 FM, and KVSC


  • Added: Mar 10, 2011
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 4
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A brief history of St. Patrick and his use of the shamrock, set to an historic cylinder recording.

Bought by WHAV, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KRZA, and WCUW 91.3 FM


  • Added: Mar 10, 2011
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 4
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A little warm-up for MLB Opening Day: Former Metropolitan Opera baritone Robert Merrill couldn't wait for his Brooklyn Dodgers to beat the NY Yanke...

Bought by WHAV, KPTZ, Port Townsend, WA, WCUW 91.3 FM, KFAI, and WPTC


  • Added: Mar 28, 2011
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 5
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Play Ball! Baseball's unofficial anthem gets the All-Star treatment.

Bought by WHAV, KPTZ, Port Townsend, WA, WCUW 91.3 FM, KVSC, KFAI and more


  • Added: Mar 28, 2011
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 8
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Whether you filed your taxes months ago or just beat the buzzer, it's time to celebrate!

Bought by WHAV, WCUW 91.3 FM, and WRGY


  • Added: Mar 28, 2011
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: A traditional Seder plate
A brief intro to the Dayenu, one of the songs of the Seder.

Bought by WHAV, WCUW 91.3 FM, and KZYX


  • Added: Mar 28, 2011
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 3
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The origins of the traditional Christian Easter Hymn

Bought by 'The Sea', WHAV, KREV-LP, and WCUW 91.3 FM


  • Added: Apr 07, 2011
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 4
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You may not know it by name, but Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" is a Halloween mainstay.

Bought by WTIP, WHAV, and WCUW 91.3 FM


  • Added: Oct 26, 2011
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 3