Interesting! I wouldn't have guessed that it could be useful information.
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of David Lewis
Sent: Friday, August 02, 2013 3:59 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Phonobomb examples?
By RCA he means "Record Corp. of America" not RCA Victor
On Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 3:57 PM, David Lewis <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> from http://www.soundfountain.com/allegro-royale/catalogue.html
> Documented instances where phonobombs may be used to *identify* a recording:
> Discussion . . .
> During the evaluation of certain items of the "RCA" catalogue, the
> author has found hints which might additionally point for a couple of
> items to an "East German source" and he prefers to believe in the use
> of first generation copies of radio tapes in these cases, rather than
> in the generally accepted version of low-quality tape recorded
> The Brahms Symphony No. 4 on Royale 1239 ("Berlin Symphony Orchestra /
> Franz R. Friedl", also on Allegro/Elite 3124, "Dresden State Symphony
> Orchestra / Fritz Schreiber") is a studio recording of the same sound
> ambience as in the Haydn No. 94 on Royale 1223 and in some other works
> in their catalogue. What makes these recordings so interesting is some
> extraneous noise, clearly audible during certain soft passages in the
> slow movements, especially when earphones are used. However, this
> could only be detected in some of the cases when the usually quieter
> pressings of these performances in their incarnations on Gramophone
> were inspected. In these cases there are crows of a rooster and sounds
> of car horns coming in from outside the recording location!
> It may not be without significance, in this respect, that sounds from
> car horns also intrude into the recordings of Dvorak's 9th symphony
> under Pflüger (Urania URLP 7132) as well as into Abendroth's
> Beethoven 'Pastorale' from 1950 and into his Tchaikovsky 'Pathétique'
> from 1952, both issued on Etema. In Schubert's 'Unfinished' on Royale
> 1220 ("Rome Symphony Orchestra / Dr. Felix Guenther", also on
> Gramophone 2040, "National Opera Orchestra") there is another car horn
> finding its way into the recording somewhere in the middle of the
> first movement, and yet another one can be heard at the very beginning
> of Franck's Symphony on Royale 1288 ("Berlin Symphony Orchestra /
> Joseph Balzer", also on Gramophone 2088, "National Opera Orchestra").
> The peak may be in Haydn's 'Surprise Symphony' on Royale 1223
> ("Orchestra of the Rome Symphony / Angelo Questa", also on Gramophone
> 2040, "Varsity Symphony Orchestra"), where a rooster's crow is
> followed by a car horn and then something like the jingling bells of a
> tramway, all this at the beginning of the second movement, when
> Haydn's "surprise" is just about due. This extraneous noise, the
> rooster's contribution in particular, is a tantalizing facet of these
> "RCA" items, as this makes them likely to be connected with a very
> particular, if not unique, recording location. No definite answer can
> be given as yet to the question of where this location may have been.
> In this author's opinion the fact of these very faint noises, captured
> on a tape used for a record production would rule out a mere
> off-the-air tape as a master in these instances (and many others not
> "marred" by such extra-musical ornation), because it seems unlikely
> that such delicate sounds should have been transmitted that clearly by
> AM or FM broadcasts of those times. Record piracy indisputably is a
> violation of law. Nevertheless, without a doubt, through this practice
> a couple of performances have been preserved, which otherwise would be
> lost for all times. In continuing his research, the author hopes to be
> able to rely as much on his fellow-collectors'future support as he
> could in the past. There is still much to do and surely more to
> forwarded by Uncle Dave Lewis
> On Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 3:33 PM, <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I recall reading that there are birds twittering on at least one of
>> Les Paul's great hit records.
>> In a message dated 8/2/2013 3:30:26 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
>> [log in to unmask] writes:
>> Insect noises? Like termites munching his Bosendorfer?
>> I know of one instance where an artist dubbed in his dog barking
>> quietly at the beginning of a piece. he had flubbed the beginning,
>> stopped, went "Shhh... shh..." to the dog and began again. Very cute.
>> On 8/2/2013 4:18 AM, Don Cox wrote:
>>> On 02/08/2013, Donald Clarke wrote:
>>>> Mitch Miller wanted Frank Sinatra to bark like a dog on one of his
>>>> later Columbia sides, but he wouldn't do it and Miller had to get
>>>> somebody else. A famous recording of Scheherezade by the
>>>> Philadelphia Orchestra, transferred from 78s for the new
>>>> long-playing record in 1948, had reverb added to it, using an old
>>>> piece of tape that had a barking dog on it, and you could hear
>>>> that on the finished LP. And there's a few live folk recordings
>>>> made outdoors with barkers in the chorus; I've heard one, but I
>>>> don't remember what it was. There were fiddlers playing "The Hot Canary", Leroy Anderson's "The Waltzing Cat"
>>> Rudolf Serkin's version of the Diabelli Variations, recorded at his
>>> home, has insect noises in the background.
>>> There are many recordings from Kingsway Hall with audible tube trains.