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From: Steven Smolian [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2012 07:30 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Early European Edison Phonograph Recordings Released
Hi, Jerry,I can't get the link to work. I'm trying to viewthe notes. Steve Smolian-----Original Message-----From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Gerald FabrisSent: Monday, January 30, 2012 8:21 PMTo: [log in to unmask]: [ARSCLIST] Early European Edison Phonograph Recordings ReleasedThomas Edison NHP News Release For Release: Monday January 30, 2012Contact: Jerry FabrisPhone: 973-736-0550 x48 Early European Edison Phonograph Recordings Released WEST ORANGE, NJ – Today the National Park Service announces thefirst-time release of 12 historic sound recordings made by Thomas Edison’s recording engineer TheoWangemann on wax cylinders during 1889-1890 in Germany, Austria, Prussia, and France.The recordings include the voices of eminent German historical figures Otto von Bismarckand Helmuth von Moltke, and several performances by important musicians of theperiod. The sounds are available on-line in MP3-format at: http://www.nps.gov/edis/photosmultimedia/theo-wangemann-1889-1890-european-recordings.ht m. On Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 12:00 noon, historian Patrick Feaster,will present a one-hour program about the recordings, titled Theo Wangemann: The Man WhoMade the Phonograph Musical. This presentation will explore the life and career ofTheo Wangemann, who was arguably the world’s first professional recordingengineer. Also at the program, collector Stuart H. Miller, M.D. will exhibit the phonographused by Wangemann in Europe during 1889-1890. The program will be held in theLaboratory Complex at Thomas Edison National Historical Park, 211 Main Street. The entrancefee to the park is $7.00, children under 16 are free. Seating is limited andreservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling 973-736-0550, ext. 89. Museum Curators first cataloged the damaged wooden box containing the waxcylinders in 1957, found in the library of the Edison Laboratory. In 2005, theNational Park Service completed a multi-year project to individually catalog every historicsound recording in the museum collection. Curators noted that the box contained 17 brown waxcylinders in fair and poor condition, several broken with large pieces missing. Notitle list or other identification survived in the box with the recordings, so therecordings could not be identified until they were heard. In 2011, the park's Curator ofSound Recordings digitized 12 of Wangemann's 17 cylinders using a French-madeArcheophone cylinder playback machine, saving the audio as Broadcast Wave Formatfiles. (Five of the cylinders could not be digitized due to their condition.) Once the audiocould be heard, historians Stephan Puille and Patrick Feaster identified thesounds and wrote two scholarly essays, which are included with the recordings on the ThomasEdison National Historical Park website. Entrusted by Thomas Edison with the task of applying the newly developedwax cylinder phonograph to music, Theo Wangemann oversaw the first regular productionof pre-recorded cylinders at the Edison Laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey in 1888-89,ushering in the beginnings of the American musical recording industry. Then, in1889-90, Wangemann played a prominent role in introducing Edison’s invention to continentalEurope. --------------------------- Stephan Puille is a conservator of archaeological finds and technicalemployee at the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin (HTW Berlin) - University ofApplied Sciences. For more than ten years he studies the history of soundrecording from the beginning up to 1914, holds lectures and writes articles on the subject.In addition, he is a phonograph and phonogram collector who concentrates on early andhistorically significant items. Contact: Stephan Puille, Hochschule für Technik undWirtschaft Berlin, Wilhelminenhofstraße 75A, 12459 Berlin, Germany. E-mail: [log in to unmask] Patrick Feaster ([log in to unmask], 812-331-0047) is a researcher andeducator specializing in the history and culture of sound media. A co-founder ofFirstSounds.org and two-time Grammy nominee, he received his doctorate in Folklore andEthnomusicology in 2007 from Indiana University Bloomington, where he is currently alecturer in the Department of Communication and Culture, a member of the MediaPreservation Initiative, and an instructor for the School of Continuing Studies. Thomas Edison National Historical Park is a National Park Service sitededicated to promoting an international understanding and appreciation of the life andextraordinary achievements of Thomas Alva Edison by preserving, protecting, andinterpreting the Park’s extensive historic artifact and archive collections at the EdisonLaboratory Complex and Glenmont, the Edison family estate. The Visitor Center islocated at 211 Main Street in West Orange, New Jersey. The Laboratory Complex is openWednesday through Sunday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. For more information or directionsplease call 973-736-0550 ext. 11 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/edis . -NPS-