Recorded Sound

David Giovannoni has been playing old records ever since he could climb a chair and peer into a Victrola. His lifelong interest in sound has led to a modest yet significant collection of early cylinder and disc records—each compulsively cleaned, catalogued, and shelved—which he strives to make available to historians, researchers, producers, and others with far-reaching applications. The Library of Congress, for instance, is incorporating his collection of Victor Pre-Matrix Recordings into its National Jukebox. His American Berliner collection (1892-1900) is the largest of its kind. His extensive collection of vernacular wax cylinder recordings, now held by UCSB's Special Collections, was inducted onto the National Recording Registry by the Librarian of Congress in 2015.

He has contributed to numerous CD reissues and several major discographies, in particular the Berliner and Victor entries in the Discography of American Historical Recordings. His historical reissue work with Archeophone Records has garnered seven personal Grammy nominations and one Grammy. He is a founder and principal of First Sounds, a collaboration of experts dedicated to making the earliest sound recordings available to all people for all time. First Sounds gained international attention in 2008 when it discovered and played back humanity's first recordings of its own voice—also placed on the National Recording Registry by the Librarian of Congress (2011), and more recently onto the Memory of the World Register by UNESCO (2015).

Compact Disc and Vinyl Productions

Giovannoni has contributed recordings, images, research, and Capstan restoration services to numerous CD reissues, most recently:

His audio restoration work can be heard on:

Other Audio Activities

Giovannoni's archives and expertise are available to select researchers and producers. Notable productions on which he's been consulted include:

Requests for specific recordings or information will be considered.