The subway under Carnegie Hall can be heard in a number of recordings, including (famously) Mengelberg's 1928 Victor set of Ein Heldenleben with the New York Philharmonic.
Speaking of Carnegie Hall, Toscanini's July 1952 NBC Symphony recording of Wagner's Siegfried Idyll has a clearly audible fanfare of automobile horns toward the end. (The penetration of outside noise into the hall was the excuse given by Victor people for their usually close-in, unresonant miking of Toscanini/NBC SO there.) And auto horns from outside Symphony Hall are clearly audible in the Copland/BSO RCA Victor recording of his suite from Appalachian Spring made in April 1959.
From: Don Cox <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Phonobomb examples?
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.
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