Sound of the Hound Podcast

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The Sound of the Hound is a  new historical podcast series sharing the adventures, stories and lives of the entrepreneurs, artists and eccentrics who invented the music industry and brought recorded music to the masses at the tail end of the nineteenth century.

The series is presented by music industry veteran Dave Holley, who ran the world-famous Abbey Road Studios, now CEO of Wise Music Group, and music aficionado James Hall, an author and music writer for The Daily Telegraph, whose camaraderie and humour brings the era to life, as they share the origin story of recorded sound.

Dave Holley (left) and James Hall, the hosts of the podcast, with their very tiny gramophone.

A message from Dave and James

Welcome to The Sound of The Hound podcasts. We’ve had fun making them and hope you enjoy listening to them.


Episode 14: Feodor Chaliapin

Episode 13: Emma Calve

Series 2 / Episode 12: To Japan

Series 2 / Episode 11: To India

Series 2 / Episode 10: Fred’s Plaque


Series 1 / Episode 9 Interview with Joe Boyd

Series 1 / Episode 8 James Hall on The Industry of Human Happiness

Series 1 / Episode 7 The Caruso breakthrough

Series 1 / Episode 6 The Last Castrato

Series 1 / Episode 5: Russian revolutions (part two)

Series 1 / Episode 4: Russian revolutions (part one)

Series 1 / Episode 3: The first propaganda record

Series 1 / Episode 2: Syria Lamonte, the world’s first female recording star

Series 1 / Episode 1: Fred Gaisberg arrives in London


About Sound of The Hound Podcast

The first series of The Sound of the Hound ends with an interview with legendary Nick Drake and Pink Floyd producer Joe Boyd, who talks about his fascinating career and tells Holley and Hall how music production techniques have changed over the decades.

The podcast is made with the backing of the EMI Archive Trust, one of the foremost sound and technology archives. The Trust holds Gaisberg and Darby’s diaries, as well as myriad photographs and other documents from the era. They are custodians of the world’s most complete collection of over 305,000 rare shellacs, as well as 16,500 7” discs made from 1895 onwards and 67,000 metal master stampers. Rare artefacts include Captain Scott’s gramophone retrieved from his South Pole expedition of 1910, and the papers, workings and patents from the inventor of stereo recording and television pioneer, Alan Dower Blumlein. The Trust is wholly supported by Universal Music Group (UMG).

And why is it called The Sound of the Hound? Because we decided to name it after Nipper, the dog in the HMV logo. We enjoyed making it. We hope you enjoy listening.


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