Music featured on PhonotoneClassic


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(Remark: There  will be an Amazon Buy Now button next to the songs, however titles played are not usually available on Amazon, as they are taken directly from the original vintage records that have been out of production for more than 80 years. The Amazon button is unfortunately added by the service hosting the internet radio station.)


About our music – Syncopated Dance Music:

We are the station that features dance music from 1925 to 1945, also called “syncopated” dance music, a musical style that is almost forgotten nowadays, in spite of it being the most popular music style during the 1920s and 1930s.

I am often asked “what is syncopation”? Simply put, “syncopation” means “loss”; in medicine, it can mean “loss of consciousness”, and in writing it can mean “the loss of sounds or letters in a word”.

What does this have to do with music? Interestingly, in music it can mean “the loss of emphasis”, particularly, loss of emphasis on the first beat, the “on beat”, placing the emphasis on the “off beat”, instead.

For instance, if a song is written in 4/4 time, there will be 4 beats per measure. Straight playing will place the emphasis on the 1st and 3rd beat. If the song is played syncopated, the emphasis will be placed on the 2nd and 4th beat. Straight playing is smooth and even, often “legato”, while syncopated playing can require “chopped” or “staccato” playing, in addition to the insertion of triplets in 4/4 time. All of this taken together creates the illusion of “swinging”, the rhythm moving you back and forth; this kind of playing will make you get up and dance, and tap your feet on the floor. Syncopated dance music is therefore ideally suited for tap dancing.

So you can experience how syncopation sounds and feels, we have a clip here that illustrates syncopation and tap dancing perfectly. Listen to the emphasis being put on the 2nd and 4th beat!



The music we play on our station comes from original 78rpm records, out of the vast collection of PhonotoneClassic.

PhonotoneClassic prides itself in having developed, over many years of research, appropriate playback hardware and software for these records, including vacuum tube amplifiers to provide the best possible playback sound quality. It is a common misconception that recordings from the 1920s and 1930s sound bad, containing unbearable clicks, crackle, hiss and distortion. This misconception arose from improper playback of worn 78rpm records on cheap equipment with wrong needles and not accounting for different recording curves that had to be used by the recording companies to squeeze the audio information into oscillations of a tiny groove. To the surprise of many people, 78rpm records, properly cared for, and pressed in good shellac have very little surface noise.

PhonotoneClassic has researched and uses the appropriate playback curves for each individual record of the period, and also performs sound restoration in such a way that even subtle audio is preserved. We want to do justice to the high recording quality encountered in many of these early sound recordings, and allow for you to enjoy them as if you were listening to the music in the control room of the recording studio.

You will hear the famous and not so famous dance orchestras of the 1920s, 1930s and early 1940s, from the United States and Europe, including Germany. We will feature special recurring programs, such as the “British -” and the “German Dance Music Hour”. We will also present to you the “News of the Time”, in order for you to get in touch with the time the music was played in.

PhonotoneClassic is “the” station that will bring you hours of listening to highest quality restorations of truly enjoyable music from the 1920s, 1930s and early 1940s.