Introduction to PhonotoneClassic by the Founder:

The internet has brought us closer; people with similar, and sometimes rare interests, are now able to to connect easier and can find what they are looking for using the vast resources of the internet. Popular dance music from the 1920s and 1930s seems to be among such rare interests nowadays, although this kind of music was once extremely popular and prolific, and entertained as many people as rock music today. I have always been a fan of syncopated dance music, and I have been dreaming for decades that I could one day share the joy of my interest in music and also my 78rpm dance music record collection with others, even if they were far away.

At the same time, I have also been fascinated with early television since my childhood. I built my first mechanical television set when I was a teenager. Unfortunately, there was no programming for my 30 line Nipkow disc TV at that time, since the early television broadcasts had long faded into oblivion. I therefore had to come up with my own “experimental television” programs; as you can see, this interest has remained with me, and finally, I am now able to also share this interest with early television enthusiasts world wide.

The mission of this site is to serve as an online museum that, I hope, will remain an internet resource for as long as possible, educating and entertaining our viewers and listeners. We will provide a streaming music service featuring dance music from the 1920s, 1930s and early 194os, from 78rpm records restored to excellent quality, without compromising the original sound of the recordings.

We will recreate and stage early television broadcasts from the late 1920s to the mid 1930s, and will try to accomplish this in an authentic fashion. We will utilize the original “mechanical” television standards and display them on regular video viewers available on any modern computer or smartphone. At the same time, we will also provide our broadcasts in such a format that they can be viewed on a mechanical television set that enthusiasts can build themselves.

In the long run, we are planning to expand our website to be a comprehensive audio and video archive comprising news, events, film, music and television as they happened in the 1920s and 1930s, making them available to many generations still to come. In order to fulfill this mission, we rely on you, our audience.

Please come visit often, read, listen and watch, and if you are able, please donate to this worthy cause.

Thank you!


Gerhard Bauer, founder of PhonotoneClassic

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