78pI love love love everything about today’s find, The 78 Project.

In a nutshell, The 78 Project is an effort of a couple of enterprising young people to record present-day musicians and singers using old-school recording methods. Basically making 78 records the way they were made in the 1930s on acetate with a “portable” recording machine.

The result of the 78 Project? Timeless awesomeness capturing the raw ambient music and sounds of diverse performers giving it their all to preserve a classic medium.

About The 78 Project: “The 78 Project is a documentary and recording journey inspired by Alan Lomax and his quest to capture music where it lived throughout the early 20th century. Our project brings the spirit of his work into the present as we pair breakthrough musicians with the songs and the fascinating recording technology of the past. With just one microphone, one authentic 1930′s Presto direct-to-acetate disk recorder, and one blank lacquer disc, musicians are given one take to cut a record anywhere they choose. What we have found is that the film, music and feelings that result defy space and time, living music inspired by ghosts.”

The 78 Project has taken on a life of its own, which is great. There is an upcoming movie and you can purchase recordings on vinyl (of course), CD and download.

Sample some of The 78 Projects recordings here.

Learn more about the 78 Project here.