I want to make sure to phrase this correctly so i don't make an a_s of
myself. When you first look at the discography, you're not going to be able
to read it in situ; you will *have* to zoom in. There is page after page of
blank parameters - i.e. untraced matrices - and you'll also need to keep an
eye on the small view to see where the next populous pages come up.
The advantage of Christian Zwarg's approach over conventional, i.e.
Rust-ian, discography is that there is no compromise whatsoever to any
aspect of the data; anything that is listed in a source, catalog, on a
label, runout, whatever, can be added to this document. However, it is -- at
least at first -- a little disorienting to the eye, as you have the various
pieces of data laid out before you and you have to put them back together in
Text-based discography -- such as what Rust provides the model for -- has
the advantage of being more concise, the capability of moving ahead through
lacunae. However, such facility is by its nature interpretive, and can lead
to further interpretation that might be incorrect. The form Christian uses
here discourages interpretation, as it is the bare bones data in a
completely consistent design, and this realizes another kind of ideal --
fact finding without interpretive nuance. Don't get me wrong -- I applaud
this noble effort and would dearly love to hear some of these records. But I
do wonder if eliminating subjectivity is a kind of subjectivity, with the
caveat that so little is known about this series that this may well be the
best way to go about it.
David "Uncle Dave" Lewis
On Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 4:52 AM, Pekka Gronow <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> The German Beka company was one of the first to conduct international
> recording expeditions. A numerical listing of the famous recording trip to
> the Orient is now online at
> Compiled by Christian Zwarg as part of the Lindström company research
> project. the discography lists a large proportion of the more than 1500
> recordings made in Turkey, Egypt, India, Burma, Singapore, Dutch East
> Indies, Japan and China in 1905-6. The listings for Japan are quiet
> incomplete, so we would welcome contacts with collectors and archives
> early Japanese Beka records and / or catalogues.
> A contemporary account of the trip, originally published in Phonographische
> Zeitschrift, can be found online at
> Seek under "Heinrich Bumb"
> A sampling of these recordings, from the collection of the Berlin
> Phonogramm-Archiv. can be found at
> Seek "Phonogrammarchiv" + "Beka"