What is Paleospectrophony?

I coined the word paleospectrophony in the fall of 2008 to refer to a new method I’d worked out for educing or “playing” historical representations of sound.  After first introducing it on my Phonozoic website (here), I used it during a presentation I gave at the 2011 ARSC conference (here) and again in my book/CD…

Edith Goodyear Alger: Lyricist of “Happy Birthday To You”?

If you go searching for information about the history of the song “Happy Birthday to You,” you’ll quickly run into a tangled web of analyses and debates regarding its copyright status.  Here’s a quick introduction to the facts as generally known.  The tune, originally composed with the lyrics “Good-Morning To All” by sisters Jessica and…