FRENCH CHANSON COLLECTION

1,000 78RPM SHELLAC RECORDS DIGITIZATION AND RESTORATION PROJECT FOR THE FRENCH NATIONAL LIBRARY (BNF-Partenariats)

We have been recently entrusted with a collection of 1,000 french chanson 78rpm shellac records from the 30’s. The songs contained in this one-of-a kind series are selected film songs typical of the historical period, often with a forward vocalist accompanied by a richly arranged score for small orchestra. Some lively and down-to-earth accordion songs can be heard, too. The collection features artists such as Maurice Chevalier and Charles Trénet, among lesser-known vocalists. The record labels are Columbia, Gramophone, Odeon, Parlophone, Pathé…

This digitization and restoration project has just been completed by our staff. Collection owner BNF-Partenariats is currently seeking for the best distribution partners.

The resulting files are not yet available online but you can hear some before/after audio restoration clips below :

Our 10-year long experience in 78rpm discs digitization and digital audio restoration for the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA) and more recently for the Radio-Television Suisse (RTS) made it easy for us to quickly setup top-notch carriage, cleaning, databasing and digitization processes as well as a highly-tailored restoration process which included the production of two different restored audio files for each disc side. Complete metadata and photographs of the discs were also delivered.

Our real-world-optimized workflow makes for a highly cost-effective approach.

If you feel you might be interested in having your audio archives restored by us, please feel free to contact us at contact@audiogecko.com

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