For "left" / "right" to produce 'binaural' would require two entirely
independent microphone mixers feeding two separate disc-cutters.
Anything else is a fantasy.
Dave Lewis wrote:
> Edward Johnson, in his notes for Cala 551, "Stokowski Beethoven Symphony
> No. 7 and Other First Stereo Releases on CD" states:
> "In 2004, Anthony Fountain, Classical Archivist at Sony Music Studios in
> New York, found many lacquer masters that Stokowski and the All American
> Youth Orchestra had recorded in Hollywood after their 1941 summer tour.
> The most significant part of the discovery was that all the recordings
> were made in duplicate, with each pair of discs labeled "Left" and
> "Right" respectively. [...] It was an exciting discovery and the Leopold
> Stokowski Society wished to license a complete CD of these AAYO
> 'binaural' recordings. However, the Sony powers-that-be decided that
> such a discovery should appear on their own label instead, along with
> any other records of the period that had been recorded binaurally. These
> included the Stravinsky/New York Philharmonic sets of the early 1940s in
> which the composer conducted his own 'Rite of Spring' and other works
> [...] However, it all came to nought in 2006 when the senior executives
> in charge were dismissed due to the poor sales of both their new and
> historic releases. The Stokowski/AAYO lacquers were sent off for storage
> and the transferring equipment dismantled, so it seems that the
> opportunity for hearing more of these historic recordings binaurally
> has, tragically, now gone."
> Okay - I'm assuming that these notes, published with the final Stokowski
> Society release that appeared in November, speak the truth. But just
> last week I heard a Sony producer protesting on NPR that "people should
> not take it on themselves and reissue classic recordings. First we have
> to locate the original master recording, then we have to find the legal
> holder of the performance rights, etc." The NPR commentator added that
> Sony has transferred about 10,000 classic recordings since 1994 or so,
> but is doing so in the face of the realization that only minimal
> financial gain is likely to be made in such endeavor.
> However, if they have "dismantled" [...] "the transferring equipment"
> then all that the Sony producer said is mere bluster; one has to assume
> that they aren't doing any of that kind of work now, based on what is
> said in the Stokowski notes. Who is telling the truth?
> David "Uncle Dave" Lewis
> Assistant Editor, Classical
> Rovi Corporation