The 78 Project Movie

A new partnership emerged Saturday night with the Blue Ridge Music Center on the Parkway joining forces with The Floyd Country Store to screen The 78 Project Movie.

Country Store owner Dylan Locke said the store co-sponsored the screening as part of a series of projects they hope to do with the Music Center, which is located down near the Virginia-North Carolina line on the Parkway.

Richard Emmett, programming director for the Music Center, which is now part of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

“We hope to be doing more of this kind of thing,” Emmett told the audience Saturday night. He found the movie on the Internet and asked the producers to provide it for display in the area locations, including Floyd.

The documentary deals with The 78 Project, which recreates some of the 78 rpm recordings that began with work by Alan Lomax back in the 1930s and documented much of the music on records at the time.

Says the 78 Project web site;

The 78 Project is a documentary and recording journey inspired by Alan Lomax and his quest to capture music where it lived throughout the early 20th century. Our project brings the spirit of his work into the present as we pair breakthrough musicians with the songs and the fascinating recording technology of the past. With just one microphone, one authentic 1930′s Presto direct-to-acetate disk recorder, and one blank lacquer disc, musicians are given one take to cut a record anywhere they choose. What we have found is that the film, music and feelings that result defy space and time, living music inspired by ghosts.

Our thanks to Alex Steyermark, the project’s director, editor and producer, for permission to show some of the scenes here.  The film now only shows some of the recording, but examines the archiving of music by the Smithsonian Institution and deals with the vinyl recording history and the production of records, which continues to this day.

The film provided a warm, entertaining and educcational respite on a cold winter night in Floyd.

 

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