David
Giovannoni

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 extensive collection of home cylinder recordings was recently acquired by UCSB's Cylinder Preservation & Digitization Project.

He has contributed to numerous CD reissues and several major discographies including the Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings. His historical reissue work with Archeophone Records has garnered five 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—recordings placed on the National Recording Registry by the Librarian of Congress in 2011.

Compact Disc and Vinyl Productions

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

His audio restoration work can be heard on:

Other Audio Activities

Giovannoni's archives 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.