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69: The Sound of Music

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The hills are alive with SO MANY FREAKING FACTS ABOUT MUSIC: the oldest instrument of the history of mankind, notable moments in recording history, the first talking doll recordings (creepy!), music scandals on TV quiz, the actual lowdown on hidden secret messages and the whole backward-song craze that swept the nation. Where exactly "is the place in France where the naked ladies dance"?, and just why singing the Happy Birthday song might get you in legal trouble. 

ALSO: Fictional workplace quiz, Chicago World's Fair

RUNTIME: 55 minutes 50 seconds


Thanks to the audio historians & experts at FIRST SOUNDS who researched and recreated the phonautogram recordings. Audio archeology!


Featured Interlude Music:

"Keyboard Cat" by Phatso/Charlie Schmidt 



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Reader Comments (13)

This podcast was made on my birthday, and it was awesome !!!

July 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNevin

LOVED the music episode, guys! I'm a huge music buff. I'd heard of the phonautograph device before, and it was awesome to hear the actual replays.

Two little pieces of trivia on the topics you covered. Pink Floyd had put a joke backwards message in the song Empty Spaces: "Hello, hunters. Congratulations. You've just discovered the secret message. Please send your answer to Old Pink, care of the funny farm." Also, there's debate over who decided it, but the reason standard CDs were designed to hold 74 minutes was to hold the entirety of Beethovan's Ninth Symphony on a single disc.

Keep up the fantastic work!

July 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDan O'

I can't belief you guys got me to fall for that. I was so excited.... then disappointment.

July 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie Markley

Madonna sang Happy Birthday to her dad in the movie Truth or Dare, but maybe she got to use it free since she was signed with Warner at the time.

July 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNoah

Be sure to drink ovaltine? A crumby commercial?

July 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

I believe that "Funny enough" may be an auditory palindrome, but I don't know how to play a recording backwards, so I can't be sure.

July 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Auditory palindrome: enough funny

August 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

Auditory palindrome: enough funny

August 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

Good! Music is that thing which is the reason of an entertainment of the very person and the animal. Everyone has its own taste according to their style. There are different types of the music which is love by the listeners some of them are so soft and the other are so

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