Remember 78 rpm (revolutions per minute) records?
We still have some at our house. As a rule, you can’t buy them at most music stores. In fact, you have a hard time buying any records in this age of CDs and MP3 players.
The 78 Project brings back the sound of the 78 record. Armed with a vintage vinyl duplicator, creators of the project roamed the country to record music of all types and placed those songs on 78 records.
They also crated a film of the project and it will be screened Saturday night at The Floyd County Store at 7 p.m.
The 78 Project Movie is a film about connections, framed by a road trip across America to record musicians on a vintage Presto 1930s direct-to-disc acetate recorder. The 78 Project creators Alex Steyermark and Lavinia Jones Wright shot The 78 Project Movie from August 2012 to September 2013, driving across America in a tiny Kia Soul loaded to the roof with cameras, their Presto, spare tubes, blank discs and a toolbox, which for better or worse they ended up using nearly every day. Over the course of their journey, the pair visited established and emerging musicians in their homes to cut once-in-a-lifetime 78rpm records. From Tennessee to Mississippi and from California to Louisiana, the folk singers, punk rockers, Gospel and Cajun singers in The 78 Project Movie tell in their own words what it is to be American today, sharing their lives and histories through intimate musical performances of classic American songs.
The Presto machine The 78 Project uses is the same model of device on which American folklorist and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax recorded his legendary field recordings between 1933 and 1942. Artists who participated in The 78 Project Movie performed their song in one take, recording directly onto 78rpm acetate disc, in exactly the manner that America’s authentic musical forms were originally captured.
We will be there. Will you?