I should add that's a 341KB opus file at 16kbps.
The flac file it was derived from (found here: https://archive.org/details/78_st-louis-blues_w-c-handy_gbia0030859a/St.+Louis+Blues+-+W.+C.+Handy-restored.flac) is over 60MB.
I went from over 60MB to just over 1/3 of an MB.
And a close listen with some good headphones or speakers will reveal some minor differences on the compressed file, but holy shit it's 341KB.
Oh. Apparently mastodon is converting these back to mp3.
Here's Kid Ory's Creole trombone: https://github.com/ajroach42/ajroach42.github.io/blob/master/images/Ory-Trombone.opus
And here's St. Louis Blues
Half a megabyte for 6 minutes of music.
You'll have to download them and play them locally, until I write a blog post that embeds a player, but they are what I said they were, and they sound find.
Both of these songs are in the public domain in the US.
The recording of Kid Ory's Creole Trombone is definitely in the public domain in the united states.
The recording of st louis blues may or may not be in the public domain in the united states. I'm having a hard time dating it.
Archive.org says its from the 40s, but that seems ... unlikely considering the shit quality of the recording compared to the standards of the 40s.
It's more likely that this is an earlier recording, sometime in the 20s, I'd imagine, but I can't find any evidence one way or the other.
Handy recorded this song a Lot, and figuring out which particular recording this is isn't trivial.
But, the song is public domain, and the recording is old enough (and compressed enough) that no one is going to give a shit about me sharing it.
There are public domain recording of that track, if that one isn't one.
I'll find one later that's less ambiguous. For now, I was just enjoying making small files.
@ajroach42 that recording is 1925. Handy is from Florence and I’ve heard it a thousand times, and used to do lights and sound for a play about him yearly. Also been to his house where they have an original I believe
@ajroach42 This is impressive. Playing back on an old audio interface -- a fairly good one, but it's several years old and starting to crack and pop on occasion -- with budget pro headphones (same), sounds all but like listening to a 78 in a room, but with the the higher frequency noise and scratchiness mostly gone.
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