the mp3 way: EarthStation1
Want to hear Tricky Dicky making the first interplanetary phone call to Neil
Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin? No problem. Surf around for a while and you'll
find a .wav featuring Nixon's dulcet tones on quite a few sites.
----- where will you also find Armstrong saying he's having problems
seeing through the Lunar shadows? Or Armstrong and Aldrin discussing the
difficulty they're having digging through the Moon's crust? Or Aldrin
thinking his watch has stopped; and, bragging about his Lunar mining
Or maybe you're more interested in historical radio broadcasts like a 1930's
ad for 'Cream of Wheat', or The Jefferson Airplane doing a rare 1967 ad for
Levi's White Jeans? No? Then how about authentic WWII recordings such as The
Marseillaise as it must have sounded in France during the war? Or British
prime minister Neville Chamberlain saying, in effect, No Probs because he
and Hitler are cool? Or a British Lancaster bomber crew on a run over
Germany and shooting down a fighter? Or Tokyo Rose live?
You'll find all of the above plus a lot, lot more on JC Kaelin's blinding
EarthStation1 site at www.earthstation1.com which JC bills as World
History in Digital Sounds and Pictures and/or The Sound and Image History Of
The Media Age. Either way, he doesn't lie because you not only have a truly
mind-boggling collection of .wav, .mp3 and RA sounds, but you also have an
equally mind-boggling collection of video and still images.
There are way, way too many online sights and sounds to even begin listing
them here. But to give you just a taste, the main category headings are:
World War II Sounds & Pictures; TV / Movie / Radio / Cartoon Theme Songs;
Sound Effects Library; Radio Propaganda Media; Propaganda Posters; Military
Aircraft Pictures; Space Sounds & Pictures; Ancient History & Esoteric
Media; Civil War Pictures; World War I Sounds & Pictures; Vietnam War Sounds
& Pictures; TV Sounds; Movie Sounds; Radio Sounds; aUdIo WeIrDnEsS!; The UFO
Sound & Image Archive; The "War Of The Worlds" Radio Broadcast Sounds;
Hindenburg Crash Broadcast Sounds; EarthStation1's Apollo 11 Sounds At NASA;
John F. Kennedy Media; Winston Churchill Media; Hitler's Madness Media;
Orphan Ann ('Tokyo Rose') Media; Warner Bros Cartoon Sounds; Austin Powers
Media; Monty Python Sounds; Super-Marionation Sounds; Marx Bros Sounds;
Shooby "The Human Horn" Taylor Sounds; and, Jerky Boys Sounds
So what do you get when you go to one of the central directories? Well,
'Ancient History & Esoteric Media' looks as if it'd be a tough act to even
begin. But JC has it nailed. He has four parent directories - Pics, Sounds,
The Magical Pantheon Of Richard Wagner's Ring and I, Claudius.
On arrival, under 'Pics' you find: Alchemical; Anti-Nazi; Astrology;
Biblical; Blake; Celtic; Ceremonial; Egyptian; Etruscan; Golden_Dawn; Greek;
Hermetic; Indian; Les_Tres_Riches_Heures; Mandean; Manichean; Masonic;
Minoan; Mithraic; Nazism; Nordic; People; Qabala; Roman; Rosicrucian;
Sumerian; Tarot; U.S.A.
You can check out the other directories for yourself, and you won't be
In the meanwhile, EarthStation1 is a great example of what Net sound should
be all about, but often isn't.
Its contents are permanently archived online and are being added to all the
time, says JC, continuing, "Most of this material has been created,
digitally remastered and/or enhanced to provide the highest quality
digitations possible. Great care has been taken to obtain the highest
quality original media possible from museums, archives, libraries and
private collections worldwide. Many hours have been spent on some single
files, while others have taken weeks or even months to create.
"The special results of these efforts have been the development of a number
of digitizing processes - audio, video and imaging - which produce media of
superior resolution (distinguished on the site by long file names) than
those made using traditional methods."
JC - who lives in Bayonne, right across the Hudson River from the World
Trade Center, with all that implies - got started online in 1993 after he
was told he'd never work again because of an esoteric illness. "Having
gotten very bored over three years, and very willing to do something
meaningful for the society I lived in, I created the website in March of '96
as a way of contributing something while I was stuck on disability," he told
me. "By 1998, my symptoms alleviated sufficiently for me to volunteer off
disability and try to make a living off of the website.
"It's been a hard road since the dot com crash, but I'm still making ends
By the time you read this, JC will be a mere two or three days away from
becoming a husband and, by default, a daddy. His wife-to-be, Stacey, who's a librarian, school teacher and artist, has a five-year-old son, Aiden, who
thinks Count Chocula cereal is the ideal dinner. My daughter Emma, who's
also five, would agree.
Love of audio research
Anything and everything to do with sound gets me going. In fact, I was out
there online cruising for newer and cooler stuff when I came across JC's
site in the first place.
We got to virtually talking and he said, "Simply put, I try very hard to
make each file sing, especially the old historical media. I view it as
removing the non-essential noise, reducing it down to the essentials of the
actual recorded event, and enhancing those most essential elements to
fullest life. The Last Marseillaise file in the French section of the WWII
page is a great example. The original source media sounded awful, and darn
it if the remastered file made of it ain't alive. That's a living file!"
JC's plan is to make EarthStation1 an even more comprehensive historical
media archive than it is now. And that's saying a lot.
"There isn't really anyone out there that does what I do - historical
audio/video/image multimedia archiving for the academic community," he says,
"and my intention is to turn people on to the subjects covered by the
compelling nature of multimedia, as well as to satisfy those hungry for or
in need of such media."
Have a listen and you'll see what he means.
And, he goes on, "Out of all the stuff I do at the site, it's the sheer love
of audio research I love most. I set aside time on a regular basis simply
to experiment with new or improved digitation techniques and digital
processing to get the best sounding audio I can with the greatest
compression. One of the wonders of MP3 is that much of what I had to do to
a wav file to make it sound better than others is made up for by the MP3
codec improvements of the past several years.
"Even still, I spend a long, long, long, long time digitally processing
material before saving it as a file - except for the recent batch of
terrorist bombings audio, which I've made as simply as possible simply to
keep up with events. Even there, though, I whip in my digital mojo where
time will allow.
"I keep meticulous records of what I do to files, and what the progress of
my research is, much like other researchers. I've even asked Stacey to
email these records to particular individuals in case something, God forbid,
happens to me. I used to freely share much of this information. But early
on, I found out that many I shared the info with simply wanted to use me."
Good on ya JC, as they say in Oz.