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> From: Thornton Hagert <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: June 17, 2009 12:01:21 PM EDT
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Cc: Annie Stanfield-Hagert <[log in to unmask]>, Lawrence Gushee  
> <[log in to unmask]>, David Sager <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Recording Speed
>
> In response to Dave Lewis' recent message "I Heard the Voice of the  
> Chipmunk" - about recording speeds, I have noticed instances of  
> recording companies deliberately recording at other-than-playback  
> speeds, for various reasons.  The following examples come to mind;   
> if I check them more carefully, this message will never be written.
>      Edison 51056,  Broadway Dance Orchestra "Russian Rose", plays  
> back in the key of F but was clearly performed in Eb and recorded  
> "slowly".  See my notes for the Smithsonian album DMM2-0518, "An  
> Experiment In Modern Music" Paul Whiteman at Aeolian Hall.  How  
> often did Edison do this ?
>      Okeh 40675, Cookie's Gingersnaps, "Love Found You for Me"  
> plays back in the key of B natural (which seems unlikely) Why the  
> speed-up ?  I don't know.  (I haven't checked the others recorded  
> at this session.)
>      Vocalion 1108, Jimmie Noone's Apex Club Orchestra,  
> "Forevermore" plays very slow (I forget what key);  the song was  
> published in C, and the orchestration in Db which is the key that  
> Guy Lombardo recorded it.   My guess is that Vocalion wanted the  
> recording to fill the whole record and so recorded it at a faster  
> speed.
>      I'd be interested in other such examples.
> Thornton Hagert, Vernacular Music Research.