Recorded Sound

"Giovannoni is one of the most influential figures in early recorded medium preservation today, alongside unorthodox and eccentric collector Joe Bussard (1936–2022), who had a drastically different approach but equally made his priceless private collection accessible to fellow music lovers, researchers, and reissue labels." DISCOGS

David Giovannoni has been playing old records ever since he could climb a chair and peer into a Victrola. His lifelong interest in sound has led to a significant collection of early cylinder and disc records, which he makes available to historians, researchers, producers, and others with far-reaching applications. For instance, the Library of Congress is incorporating his Victor Pre-Matrix Recordings into its National Jukebox. His holdings of pioneer Victor Talking Machine (1900-1903) and American Berliner (1892-1900) recordings are the largest of their kind.

Giovannoni's collection of pioneer sound recordings is available at The Library of Historical Audio Recordings at i78s.

His ongoing historical reissue work and writing have been recognized with nine personal Grammy nominations and one Grammy.

As a private collector Giovannoni has curated two collections that have been inducted onto the National Recording Registry by the Librarian of Congress:

He has contributed to several major discographies, including the Discography of American Historical Recordings, "Keen-O-Phone, Rex, and Imperial Records: The Complete Discography (1912–1918)", "The International Record Company Discography (1905–1907)", and the web-based version of Dick Spottswood's landmark "Ethnic Music on Record".

Compact Disc and Vinyl Productions

Giovannoni has contributed recordings, images, research, transfer and restoration services to numerous CD reissues, most recently:

His audio restoration work can be heard on:

Other Audio Activities

Giovannoni's archives and expertise are available to select researchers and producers. Notable productions on which he's been consulted include:

Requests for specific recordings or information will be considered.