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Robert Millis | Indian Talking Machines

February 2, 2016, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Robert Millis’s Indian Talking Machine is a book about the scratched world of India. About vinyl, grooves, dust, memory. India was one of the earliest non-Western outposts of the recording industry; 78rpms were first made there in 1902. Such recordings! Folk songs and ragas, animal imitations and laughing discs, plaints and comedy routines. Over time, these discs – often featuring exquisite label designs – were smelted and forgotten. But, as Millis argues, “Obscure companies, destroyed master copies, experimentation with regional markets, fragile objects, and catch-all recording policies all lead to rare titles and endless potential for discovery and research.”
Millis will discuss Indian Talking Machine, his work as a sound artist and researcher, and his experiences with musicians, sounds, and collectors in India and elsewhere. Rare 78rpm discs, field recordings, video and more will all be featured.


February 2, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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South Asia | NYU


Room 674
721 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York City,
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