The 78 Project
For our fourth Kickstarters We Like Enough to Put Our Money Where Our Blog Is we are pleased to back The 78 Project:
A journey across America to record today’s musicians on 1930s technology in a quest to connect with the haunting recordings of the past.
The 78 Project is an already-up and running web series featuring musicians such as Loudon Wainwright III, Justin Townes Earle, and The Mynabirds covering important historical American songs recorded in one-take, with one microphone, directly onto 78rpm laquer discs thanks to a 1930s Presto recorder. To some this project is like time travel: recording old music by current musicians with old technology and then distributed on the internet by way of high definition video and MP3 streams.
The 78 Project collaborators Alex Steyermark and Lavinia Jones Wright want to take their series to the next level with a documentary including musicians recording songs, explorations of museums and collections across the country (historical crate-digging!).
Here at The License Lab we think it’s important not only to press forward, try new things, and progress as a company along with the times, but to also take a step back and remember history and what things came before us.
The 78 Project has some pretty killer incentives for those who dig history, vintage art, and quirky items. Be it a one-of-a-kind behind-the-scenes photo taken with a 1970s Polaroid camera, a limited-edition screenprinted Stroboscopic Disc, or even to be recorded by the 78 Project and their Presto!
This Kickstarter has just over one week to reach their $60,000 goal, currently having pledges of just over a 1/3 of that. So if you want to see this documentary, kick in some dollars along with us or spread the word so others can!