Irv Teibel Archive

Irv Teibel (1938-2010) was an audio polymath, ambient and new age music pioneer and the founder of Syntonic Research, Inc., the record label responsible for the influential environments series (1969-1979). These records were the first publicly available psychoacoustic recordings and helped ignite a flurry of interest in environmental sound. This website provides a curated collection of Teibel’s released and unreleased sound, photographic, and design output—for the first time, in one location—along with details of upcoming projects related to his work and life.

Timeline
A Brief History of Field and Environmental Sound Recording

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1857

Invention of the Phonautograph

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1877

Edison Demonstrates Phonograph

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1881

Clément Ader Demonstrates Binaural Sound

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1887

Edison Creates New Phonograph Which Uses Wax-Based Cylinders

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1887

Emile Berliner Patents Gramophone

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1889

Ludwig Koch Makes First Bird Song Recording

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1890

Compagnie du Théâtrophonelater Commercializes Binaural Sound

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1890

Jesse Fewkes Makes First Anthropological Field Recordings

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1890

Alice Cunningham Fletcher Records Omaha Indian Music

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1894-95

Edison & W.K.L. Wickson Make First Talking Movie Using Kinetophone

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1900

Carl Stumpf Initiates the Berlin Phonogramm-Archiv

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1907

John Lomax Begins Collecting and Recording Cowboy Songs

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1907

Frances Densmore Begins Recording American Indian Music for the Smithsonian

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1922

Major General George Owen Squier Founds Wired Radio Inc.

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1924

Cellist Beatrice Harrison performs BBC on-air duet with a nightingale

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1928

Arthur Allen & Peter Paul Kellogg Record Bird Sounds Using the Movietone

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1930

German filmmaker Walter Ruttmann premieres "Wochenende"

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1932

W. Bartlett Jones Secures Patent For Stereophonic Recording

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1934

BBC Radio Program Lawrence Gilliam's 'Opping 'Oliday Uses Field (Non-Studio) Recording

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1942

AEG Magnetophon Patents Stereo Recorder in Germany

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1942

Helmut Kruger Makes First Stereo Tape Recordings

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1944

Halim El-Dabh premieres early work of musique concrète

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1944

BBC Begins Using EMI “Midget” Portable Tape Recorder

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1945

Tony Schwartz Buys His First Recorder, Runs on Battery Power

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1948

Ampex Corporation Introduces Tape Recorders

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1948

Columbia Introduces the “Long Playing” (LP) Record

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1948

Moses Asch Founds Folkways Records, NYC

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1949

RCA Victor Introduces the 45 RPM Disc & Record Changer

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1951

Peter Paul Kellogg Develops First Portable Recorder in the U.S.

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1951

Stefan Kudelski Develops the Portable Nagra I Recorder in Switzerland

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1952

Emory Cook Makes First Commercial Stereo Records

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1952

Uher Electronics Company Founded in Germany

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1952

Folkways Releases Releases Early Hydrophone Recordings

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1954

Cook Records Releases Voice of the Sea

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1954

Folkways releases Tony Schwartz’ New York 19

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1955

William W. H. Gunn Releases A Day in Algonquin Park

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1957

Westrex Develops Phonograph Cartridges that Play Two Grooves as Separate Tracks

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1957

"Cook Labs” Releases V-Groove Stereo Recordings

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1958

Desmond Briscoe and Daphne Oram found the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

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1958

Folkways Releases Sounds of North American Frogs

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1958

Else Marie Pade composes Symphonie Magnetophonique

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1958

Stefan Kudelski Introduces Nagra III Battery-Operated Recorder

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1958

Jean-Claude Roché Releases Oiseaux-En-Camargue 10”

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1959

S. Wahlström Makes Earliest Stereo Recordings of Birds

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1960

Jim Fassett Creates Symphony of the Birds

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1961

Uher Releases Portable Report 4000

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1960-62

B. N. Veprintsev Begins Releasing Voices of Birds in Nature Series

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1963

Walter De Maria Releases Cricket Music

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1963

Philips Introduces Compact Cassette Tape Format

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1965

Multitrack Location Recording Debut, The Rolling Stones' Got LIVE If You Want It!

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1967

Glenn Gould Releases The Idea of North

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1968

Walter de Maria Releases Ocean Music

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1969

Irv Teibel Releases environments 1

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1969

R. Murray Schafer Establishes the World Soundscape Project

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1969

The British Library Establishes Wildlife Sounds Collection

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1970

Biologist Roger Payne Releases Songs of the Humpback Whale

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1970

Luc Ferrari Releases Presque rien No.1 – le lever du jour au bord de la me (Almost Nothing No. 1: Daybreak at the Seashore)

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1970

Beaver & Krause release In A Wild Sanctuary

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1970

Harry Bertoia Releases First of His “Sonambient” Recordings

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1971

Stefan Kudelski Releases His First Portable Stereo Recorder

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1972

Wendy Carlos releases Sonic Seasonings

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1972

Knud Viktor releases Images and Ambiences

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1974

The World Soundscape Project Releases Soundscapes of Canada

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1975

German Electronics Company Neumann Patents the KU80

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1977

R. Murray Schafer Publishes The Tuning of the World

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1978

Brian Eno Releases Ambient 1: Music for Airports

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1979

First Digitally Recorded Album, Ry Cooder's Bop till You Drop, Is Released

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1981

Dan Gibson Begins Solitudes LP Series

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1985

Walter Tilgner Releases Waldkonzert

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1992

Nagra D, a Self-Contained Battery-Operated Field Recorder, Is Introduced

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1992

Radio Birdsong begins broadcasting a soundscape loop

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1995

Nagra Introduces First "Solid-State" Audio Recorder

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1996

U.S. Issues a Patent For the MP3

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1998

Francisco Lopez Releases La Selva

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2003

Chris Watson Releases Weather Report, Includes Sounds of Icelandic Ice Floe

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2011

Matthew Herbert releases One Pig, made of samples of a pig's life "from birth to plate"

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2015

David Rothenberg and Mike Deal compile whale song best-of

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2016

Jana Winderen releases hydrophone recordings of Zooplankton and Phytoplankton

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2016

The Fondation Cartier presents Bernie Krause's The Great Animal Orchestra

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