This is interesting on several levels:
1. I did not know that Evatone was still in business in 1992.
2. At that time, IRS (International Record Syndicate) was distributed in the US by A&M Records,
which was still a standalone company owned by Alpert and Moss.
3. 1992 was well into the CD heyday and at the peak of the cassette mass-media period. It's
interesting that promo material was distributed on Soundsheets rather than on cassettes or CDs. At
this time, there were "mini-CDs" sometimes used for promotion, but these didn't work in most CD
drives without an adapter ring.
Thanks for sharing! I had no idea that the Soundsheet lived on past the 80s.
By the way, Corey Bailey's described method of putting a Soundsheet on top of an LP record is a good
idea whether or not the sheet is wrinkled, in my experience. A spindle clamp also helps. The
original Evatone Soundsheets, as demonstrated in that AES marketing kit that I have, were glued to
their cardboard sleeves. You flip the front cardboard over to play them. The cardboard backing went
away with magazine-insertion distribution. The sheets also got thinner over time. I think Evatone's
patent covered both the form-factor and the pressing of playable microgrooves into thing sheets of
-- Tom Fine
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> We received a couple of Evatone Soundsheets in a collection a few years ago
> and donated them to UT-Austin's collections. One was released by I.R.S. and
> the other by A&M. Pics of the two are up on our website here:
> and here:
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> On Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 9:43 AM, Hood, Mark <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I believe there was a company in Scandinavia that also manufactured
>> flexies, perhaps beyond the geographic limits of Evatone¹s patents.
>> And in Russia, there was a ³Sound Journal² (zvukovoy zhurnal), ³Krugozor²
>> (transl. Outlook, or perhaps Horizon) that bound multiple flexidiscs into
>> each issue. Apparently Khruschyov had seen them in the West and thought
>> they were cool...
>> On 4/20/15, 9:32 PM, "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> >These were called Evatone Soundsheets back in the day. I have the
>> >original demo kit that Evatone
>> >handed out at an AES meeting. It included a political promo speech by
>> >then governor Ronald Reagan,
>> >some various marketing records and a couple of generic pop tunes.
>> >Time-Life used these things
>> >widely, inserting them in magazines to sell such subscription series as
>> >"The Symphony," and "Legends
>> >of Jazz". There were also Evatone Soundsheets bound into World Book's
>> >Science Year annual. I have
>> >one about dog communications and one with whale or dolphin sound
>> >recordings. My cousin's high school
>> >chior put out a Christmas album on an Evatone Soundsheet. There was also
>> >one inserted in Audio
>> >Magazine to put sound to their 2-part series about the history of
>> >recorded sound.
>> >The Deerhoof book/soundsheet idea is fascinating. I wonder how feasible
>> >it would be today to have a
>> >book with bluetooth connectivity and an accompanying app for smartphones.
>> >When the page turned,
>> >different audio would play on the phone via bluetooth.
>> >-- Tom Fine
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