I've been selling 3¾ IPS reel to reel pre-recorded tapes on eBay, and collectors/clients don't seem to mind the lesser quality technically than 7½, although as with any recordings, some were duplicated better than others. I'm curious as to a comparison of these slower speed tapes to the mp.3 format. We seem today to accept a lesser standard of sound quality. Maybe those of us of the older generation were truly Hi-Fi nuts. Some more of the Emperor's new/old clothes then/now? Discussion, anyone?
From: Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, July 1, 2013 6:18 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Folk Music in America
I've been poking around the MP3s. This is great stuff. The books are _very_ complete but not overly
obtuse. Making MP3s and scanning the books must have been an undertaking. Much appreciated. I see
the point about cassettes vs sometimes scratchy LPs, but my experience with LOC's products is the
duped-cassette versions were often very bad-sounding. I always assumed lowest-bidder syndrome. In
general, I always thought LOC anthologies were compiled and manufactured by and for scholars, not
One thing I don't understand -- assuming the master tapes for these LPs still exist (you'd think
they would if they were always in the possession of the LOC), then why can't they be reissued as
FLAC and MP3 downloads via Smithsonian Folkways. It seems it wouldn't cost very much to digitize
1970s vintage master tapes given the vast resources of the LOC. They'd probably make back their
digitization costs in a few years, sooner if they also sold downloads via iTunes and Amazon.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Cary Ginell" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, July 01, 2013 9:08 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Folk Music in America
> OK, that does it. I'm pulling out my set and listening to it this holiday weekend. It will be like
> the first time all over again Thanks, Dick!
> Cary Ginell
> On Jul 1, 2013, at 4:16 PM, Carl Pultz <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Disc 1, track 11, Do You Call That Religion? ....
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>> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
>> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Richard L. Hess
>> Sent: Monday, July 01, 2013 1:59 PM
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>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Folk Music in America
>> Hi, Mason,
>> Yes, thank you for this. It is most enlightening.
>> There were two files that had an error extracting, but WinRAR corrected
>> One had a question mark in the filename which is a
>> wild card for a single character in Windows
>> The other had a string of asterisks and an asterisk is a
>> wild card for any number of characters, hence the
>> infamous del *.* command where you erase everything.
>> It replaced the ? and * with underscores _
>> On 2013-07-01 1:38 PM, Carl Pultz wrote:
>>> Wow - thank you! I never heard of this series, so it's really a discovery.
>>> Must have taken you weeks. The meta-data alone was a large task.
>>> One note - I downloaded the full set zip. After extraction on my
>>> office Windows 7 machine, the file/folder names were green, meaning
>>> they were encrypted. They opened, but when I tried to copy the music
>>> folder to my studio W7 computer, it wouldn't copy. Clearing the
>>> Encrypt contents to secure data attribute from the folder's Advanced
>> Attributes dialog fixed it.
>>> There was an error on one file during extraction, but I don't remember
>>> which one. It might not matter, as nothing seems to be missing or of
>>> the wrong size. It will be a while before I can play them all. :)
>>> Again, thank you!
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>>> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
>>> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Mason Vander Lugt
>>> Sent: Monday, July 01, 2013 9:51 AM
>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Folk Music in America
>>> Partially in observance of the coming holiday, mostly because I love
>>> music and get a kick out of sharing, I scanned and blogged the 1976
>>> Library of Congress / Dick Spottswood LP series "Folk Music in
>>> America". If you're unfamiliar, it's a 15 LP series of recordings and
>>> booklets documenting the folk song and dance of pretty much any
>>> culture that can be considered American (US, that is) between 1890 and
>>> 1976. It's a truly remarkable set, and has never been available in digital
>> form (as far as I know) until now.
>>> You can download the full set here -
>>> Or download individual volumes and read my notes about it here -
>>> Please excuse me if this is "blogspam", but I know Dick is a long-time
>>> ARSC member and thought many of you would appreciate it.
>>> Mason Vander Lugt
>> Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
>> Aurora, Ontario, Canada 647 479 2800
>> Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.