Ethnographic wax cylinders
Auld Lang Syne
Auld Lang Syne, accompanied by piano.
Posted by Tom Miles on 15/02/2013
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Haddon, A.C. and Myers, C.S.
Torres Strait Cylinder (4). On the cylinder box is written "Speech Crooks". 1-2. Vocal demonstration of phonograph (or graphophone) - wishing Mr. Ray success on his journey. 3. Mr. Ray's reply followed by laughter. 4. Vocal group singing "Auld Lang Syne" with piano. The Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to the Torres Strait in 1898 was led by Professor A.C. Haddon. The other members of the team were Charles Seligman (originally trained in medicine) C.S. Myers (psychologist and musician), W.H.R. Rivers (who also originally trained in medicine), W.M. Dougall, A. Wilkin and Sidney Ray. This was the first British expedition to use the phonograph for research purposes, although J. Walter Fewkes was using the equipment in the United States as early as 1890 to record Passamaquoddy Indians. Although the expedition was groundbreaking, the sound quality of the collection is not as good as others in the Ethnographic Wax Cylinder Collection, most likely because of the lack of experience in sound recording amongst the team.