That is a fascinating bit of evidence. Don't you think, given that human
beings are born tinkerers, that a knowledgeable recording engineer, using
that piece of equipment and knowing that problem, would have applied some
"Kentucky windage,"deliberately speeding up the recording process some more
so the result would be closer to the original pitch when played back? I
sure would have done that. The human factor probably interrupts what we
would like to establish as some kind of rule.
On Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 11:57 AM, Lorna Fulton <[log in to unmask]>
> I record on a 1938 presto lathe and the recording (despite a lot of
> tinkering) consistently records at 7% more speed than the musicians have
> just played at.
> Sent from my iPhone
> > On 22 Jan 2018, at 16:31, Chris Smith <[log in to unmask]>
> > It¹s generally accepted that the Georgia Cotton Pickers¹ session of 7/8
> > December 1930 was recorded too slow, so that playback at 78 is too fast.
> > Southern Preservation Records issued ŒShe¹s Coming Back Some Cold Rainy
> > Day¹ at both speeds on an LP - notes reproduced at
> > https://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?action=
> > ttach=6287;image. That was presumably an engineering error, rather than
> > deliberate, however.Mississippi John Hurt¹s ŒFrankie¹ was similarly
> > recorded too slow, and plays back too fast: some discussion at
> > https://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=4931.0. (My name is
> > mentioned there; I would not - I think - now support the theory I
> > advanced, which is mentioned.
> > There is a persistent, and ridculous, theory that Robert Johnson¹s
> > recordings were deliberately sped up for release, comprehensibely
> > at http://www.elijahwald.com/johnsonspeed.html.
> > Chris Smith
> > On 22/01/2018 16:09, "Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List on
> > behalf of Terri Brinegar" <[log in to unmask] on behalf of
> > [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >> Hello All,
> >> Can anyone tell me if recordings in the 1920s were transferred to disc
> >> exactly the same speed as they were recorded? In other words, if someone
> >> is singing an ³F² pitch on the recording, is that the actual pitch sung
> >> or could the engineer possibly speed it up somehow, thus raising the
> >> pitch? Not sure if that was possible back then.
> >> Thank you!
> >> Terri Brinegar
> >> PhD Candidate in Ethnomusicology
> >> University of Florida
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