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Media Room

artwork by Norman Rockwell


Audio Information and Software

I have chosen to record sound using the GSM 6,10 standard. It offers the best compression and only a little loss of quality. Let's face it, these tunes are off an old Victrola and nothing is going to make them CD quality. Besides, this is probably close to what they sounded like way back when.

Please take a minute to read this section since your computer may not be able to play these GSM formatted audio files. You have several options:

  1. If you are running Windows NT or Win95 and have configured your browser to use the delivered media player, you will probably be able to download and play the files without a problem.Give it a try by hitting the download link on one of the selections below. If that does not work, you should try option 2 or 3.

  2. An even better option is to get a player capable of streaming the audio file and playing it realtime. This means you don't have to wait for the file to download. Even the largest files begin playing right away! You can get one for free (for either Windows 3.x or Windows NT/95) at: ø DirectAudio Player V2.0. You must have at least a 14.4 kbps modem to use this option. Be sure to read and follow the installation instructions, especially how to tell your browser to use DAP for *.gsd files. If you have installed this software, you can click on the streamed option below.

  3. If you are running Windows 3.x, and are interested in downloading and playing these files, you will need a GSM capable media player. You can get one at: ø Cool Edit 1.53 for Windows 3.1x. If you have gone this route, click on the download option below to listen. (Many thanks to Barry Brotherton (barry.brotherto@geo2.poptel.org.uk) for the information on Cool Edit.)

  4. As of 20-Sep-1997, I have begun encoding certain selections using RealAudio. It's one thing to encode scratchy old recordings in GSM, but newer recordings suffer too much from this compression. I hear that RealAudio will be built into most web browsers in the near future as the standard for internet audio playback. In time, I'll be converting all of these files over to this great new format. If your broswer is not RA enabled, take a few minutes to download the player at:

    http://www.realaudio.com/hpproducts/player/index.html.

    Trust me, it's a plugin from which you'll get a lot of use .

Musical Clips
Do Something 1
Performed by Arthur Fields
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Size: 58K
Length: 35.40 sec
I May Be Gone For A Long, Long Time 1
Performed by the Shannon Four
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Size: 48K
Length: 30.52 sec
It's A Long Way To Berlin But We'll Get There 1
Performed by Arthur Fields
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Size: 55K
Length: 33.76 sec
Keep The Home Fires Burning 1
Performed by John McCormack
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Size: 54K
Length: 33.56 sec
Oh! Frenchy 1
Performed by Arthur Fields
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Size: 60K
Length: 37.00 sec
Roses of Picardy - intro 2
By Wood, Performed by John McCormack
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Size: 82K
Length: 50.36 sec
Roses of Picardy - verse 2
By Wood, Performed by John McCormack
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Size: 80K
Length: 49.64 sec
Throw No Stones In The Well That Gives You Water 1
Performed by Arthur Fields
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Size: 57K
Length: 35.08 sec
Tipperary 3
Performed by
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Size: 53K
Length: 33.32 sec
Where Do We Go From Here? 1
Performed by the American Quartet
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Size: 52K
Length: 32.40 sec
You Keep Sending 'Em Over And We'll Keep Knocking 'Em Down 1  
Performed by Arthur Fields
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Size: 71K
Length: 44.00 sec
Full Musical Selections
Oh! How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning 3
By Irving Berlin
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Size: 253K
Length: 159.60 sec
Over There 3
By George M. Cohan
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Size: 268K
Length: 168.88 sec
Origins of World War I
Written and performed by Jonathan Pagel (pagel@pobox.com) web site:ø Revision Raps.


This is a new recording (a must for history teachers) and has been encoded using RealAudio in order to preserve its quality. If you require a RealAudio Player for your browser, see the instructions at the top of this page. Please note that it has been encoded for a minimum internet connection of 28.8bps.

Please contact Jonathan at the email address above if you'd like information on how to obtain a full quality recording on audio cassette. You can also visit his web page at: ø Revision Raps. There's also an MP3 version downloadable at: ø http://www.pagel.clara.co.uk/mp3/ww1.mp3.

RealAudio Length: 293.60 sec
Pack Up Your Troubles 3
By Powell and Asaf
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Size: 287K
Length: 180.76 sec
From the Lieutenant James Reese Europe Exhibit
Performed by the 369th "Hell Fighters" Band, vocals by Noble Sissle
All Of No Man's Land Is Ours
By James Europe and Noble Sissle
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Size: 345K
Length: 154.40 sec
Dixie Is Dixie Once More
By Turner and Kard
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Size: 408K
Length: 182.31 sec
My Choc'late Soldier Sammy Boy
By Egbert Van Alstyne
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Size: 365K
Length: 163.15 sec
On Patrol In No Man's Land
By James Europe
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Size: 314K
Length: 140.42 sec
midi Castle House Rag
By James Reese Europe, performed by Sue Keller
Used with permission of ø Ragtime Press Midi Music
download Size: 18K
Christmas Carols
The First Noel 1
Traditional, Performed by The Invincible Male Quartet
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Size: 316K
Length: 194.72 sec
Stille Nacht Instrumental 1
By Franz Gruber, Performed by The Neapolitan Trio
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Size: 281K
Length: 173.16 sec
Non-musical Audio Selections
General Pershing Speech 3 download
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Size: 44K
Length: 27.52 sec
Midi Files
midi Belgian National Anthem (La Brabanšonne' )
by: Van Campenhout, midi artist: unknown
contributed by: Thomas Leys (Thomas.Leys@advalvas.be)
Used on page: Bio: King Albert
download Size: 9K
midi British National Anthem (God Save the King)
midi artist: unknown
Used on page: War Atlas: Britain/UK
download Size: 3K
midi Bulgarian Dance Music
midi artist: P. Kritidis
Used on page: War Atlas: The Balkans
download Size: 21K
midi French National Anthem (La Marseillaise)
midi artist: unknown
Used on page: War Atlas: France
download Size: 5K
midi German National Anthem (Deutschlandlied)
midi artist: unknown
Used on page: War Atlas: Germany
download Size: 5K
midi Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
by Franz Liszt, midi artist: unknown
Used on page: War Atlas: Austria-Hungary
download Size: 6K
midi Theme from Lawrence of Arabia
By Maurice Jarre, midi artist: unknown
Used on page: A Durable Lawrence (TE)
download Size: 9K
midi Soviet Union National Anthem
midi artist: unknown
Used on page: War Atlas: Russia/USSR
download Size: 16K
midi Turkish National Anthem
midi artist: unknown
Used on page: War Atlas: Turkey/Ottoman Empire
download Size: 6K
midi Waltzing Matilda
midi artist: Tom Thurston
Used on page: ANZAC Memories
download Size: 5K

Contribution

Note  1
These musical selections are taken from Mark Best's WWI Songs collection on cassette tape. If you're interested, please see Mark's entry on the Notice Board page. The tapes sound much better than the compressed WAV files presented here. Click here to visit Mark's updated web site for many more WWI selections in RealAudio format. Mark now offers his 2 and 10 tape sets on CD and also provides secure online ordering.

Note  2
These musical selections were contributed by Ian Cooper. Ian deals in WWI militaria (soldier's personal items) and also has an entry on the Notice Board page.

Note  3
These musical selections were contributed by a friend from ø The Great War Society.