On Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 12:42 AM, Michael Biel <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> We seem to have a case of dueling journal articles. On our side is
> Allen Koenigsburg's APM article and the other one that everyone on the
> web seems to be referencing to is Ed Folsom, "The Whitman Recording,"
> Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, 9 (Spring 1992), 214-16.
Found the WWQR in the library here at Indiana University Bloomington. Here
are the salient bits of the article:
Folsom quotes Sam B's comments from NPR and then goes on: "But other experts
disagree with Brylawski's analysis, and the consensus of those who have
experience with wax cylinder recordings is that the recording is in fact an
authentic 1890-era wax cylinder. Dave Beauvais, for example, who operates
Magic Media Services in Amherst, Massachusetts....." A quotation from Mr.
Beauvais follows. "This has either been exceptionally well equalized or its
a fake," Sam had reportedly said, and Mr. Beauvais takes this as his cue to
observe that collectors know Edison vertical-cut recordings were *all*
superbly equalized; besides, it "strains credibility just a bit" to suppose
anyone would have set out to fake the strange and presumably
19th-century inflectional patterns he hears in the recording.
Later in the article, Folsom notes that tapes of the Whitman recording are
available for curious WWQR readers to purchase at $10 apiece, processed with
"the latest sound-reduction technology."