Caught by the River

How to make a Paramount record

19th November 2014

How to Make a Paramount Record (1930) from kellianderson on Vimeo.

A handmade video that recreates the inner workings of the defunct Paramount Records factory (where records by artists like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Louis Armstrong and Charley Patton were pressed in the 1920s and ’30s.) The video is made entirely from paper atop a plywood set.

Sound: Charley Patton, “High Water Everywhere, Part 1,” 1930
Made by @kellianderson and @danielsdunnam in collaboration with @thirdmanrecords and Revenant Records
Background about the paper animation process here
More information about Paramount Vol. 2 over at the Third Man site.

Special thanks to Third Man consigliere, Ben Swank, for the guided tour of their Nashville operation last week.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to reccomended a book, Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records, Amanda Petrusich. (JB)