The Original Voicemail

I was introduced to Princeton Professor Thomas Levin last week by a mutual friend Guangchen Chen. Levin, associate professor of German, started an ambitious project in 2010 after being awarded the Einstein Visiting Fellow at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. His project was focused on the archeology of voice mail, namely the act of recording personal messages on postcards or discs to send through the mail. His collection was massive, and meticulously archived, including recorded political campaign ads and propaganda, to soldiers at war. We’ll hopefully be featuring Dr. Levin down the road on an episode of the podcast, but for the time being check out his archive. This set only represents a sliver of his collection.

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