Sounds of the Western Reserve Historical Society CD Album


This is a CD that presents a wide range of historic sounds in creative and innovative interpretive audio segments and stories. They include: 19th century bells, a stationary steam engine-driven saw mill, antique automobiles, segments from The Cleveland National Air Show, early 20th century vaudeville sound effect instruments and many others. The CD celebrates our collective past while educating and entertaining through stories, soundscapes and historical vignettes.

There are constructed soundscapes giving a rich sonic picture of what the world might have sounded like in four audio historic illusions. Some tracks weave historical narratives about varied themes such as steam engines,  blacksmithing, popcorn and others by incorporating field-recorded sounds with spoken word explanations.  Song stories document events and interpret specific artifacts through the presentation of their sounds while the story is being told.