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From: "Thornton Hagert" <[log in to unmask]>
> Begin forwarded message:
>> 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.
>
Well, as a harmonica player, I often try to play along with blues or
blues-related recordings I own! I own the original 78 issue of Fats
Waller's "Your Feets Too Big"...but in trying to play along with it, I
discovered it seems to be in something like "E flat and a half"...at
least it is audibly NOT in the key of any of the many harmonicas I
own! My guess is that it wasn't recorded at exactly 78.26 rpm...?!

Steven C. Barr