I’m sorry I’ve been radio silent for the last week or so–very busy in the Niemeier household. But, I want to take a moment to let you know that I have found a suitable alternative to uploading the podcast to my Google Docs folder and linking the file’s URL here. Instead, I have decided to host the AudioGerhard/t podcast on PodOmatic, discovered thanks to the work friends of mine are doing on Angel Repair Juice, a podcast discussing Christianity, Lutheran theology, and–wait for it–anime (and also Bill Shatner, but it’s mostly about anime). But the nice thing about using a hosting platform like PodOmatic is that it allows me to (freely) upload half a gigabyte’s worth of audio (and then I have to start paying for hosting, but that’s a lot of audio for upload), and to make it possible for you to subscribe to the AudioGerhard/t podcast through iTunes. So, please check out the first episode in its new home on PodOmatic at http://audiogerhardt.podomatic.com/.
ALSO, this allows me to embed each podcast directly in my posts here! Huzzah!
Here’s my first go at a full episode of the AudioGerhard/t Podcast! You can download Episode 1 here.* This was recorded today (October 14, 2015) on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Louis.
I’m still working on figuring out a way to embed this into the page with a flash-media player–I will most likely have to (eventually) host it through SoundCloud, but I will hold off until I am in front of a computer with a little more “oomph.”
In putting together this podcast, I’ve been looking for arrangements of German hymnody roughly from the time of Gerhard and Gerhardt. Eventually, I intend to record my own bump music with instrumentals of Crüger’s arrangement of Gerhardt’s hymns, but in the meantime, I’ve found this gem from the University of California–Santa Barbara’s cylinder recording archives. Ladies and gentlemen, I present you with the Johann Strauss Orchester’s 1911 Edison Blue-Amberol recording of Joachim Neander’s (1650-1680) hymn, Lobe den Herren. Neander himself was a Calvinist, but I don’t think that disqualifies him from having his hymn used in a podcast initially focusing on Lutherans 😉 (And besides, it’s in The Lutheran Hymnal, so that’s that!)
A fun bit of trivia is that the Neander Valley (Neander-thal) is named for him; his grandfather apparently thought that the family name (possibly “Niemann” or “Neumann”) would sound better graicized (“νεός” new + “ἀνήρ/ἄνδρος” man). The tune used for “Lobe den Herren” (which was published in 1680), “Stralsund,” dates to ca. 1660, and may have been known to Gerhard and Gerhardt.
Do you have any suggestions for bump music? Feel free to write them in the comments below!