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On 11/02/2012 05:45, Corey Bailey wrote:
> As one who was involved with a couple of direct-to-disc recordings 
> back in the 70's, I know what you mean about the intensity of focus 
> when the engineer says: "rolling!". We did however, have a multi-track 
> tape deck also rolling as a backup.
>
> That said, my guess is that if Alan Lomax would have had a handheld 
> digital recorder available at the time, he would have used it.
>
> Cheers!
>
> Corey
> Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
> http://www.baileyzone.net/
>
>
>
>
> On 2/10/2012 7:47 PM, Alex Steyermark wrote:
>> Thank you for your encouragement!   We are always amazed that our 70+ 
>> year-old Prestos work as well as they do.  We have three, although 
>> we've had to combine parts from two of them into one very good 
>> machine.  Which means we have two well-matched machines, and the 
>> third which we are fixing up to get as good as the others.  Each 
>> recording is still a bit of a fraught process, and a huge sigh of 
>> relief is felt in the room when we finish cutting a record.  On the 
>> other hand, that is a vital part of the experience, and we're always 
>> impressed with the intensity of focus that the artists put into the 
>> performance.  They become very aware that there is no opportunity for 
>> punching in or any kind of mix fixes.  It makes for a truthful 
>> performance, something that the artists themselves seem to find very 
>> moving when they hear their records played back for them.  And our 
>> Prestos, portable as they are, certainly make for a good workout when 
>> we lug them around!
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> The 78 Project | www.the78project.com
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>> Breakthrough musicians on a journey to connect with the haunting 
>> recordings of the past...
>>
>> On Feb 10, 2012, at 7:40 PM, George Brock-Nannestad wrote:
>>
>>> From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad
>>>
>>>
>>> Hello,
>>>
>>> it pleases me no end to read about somebody doing something new for 
>>> a change!
>>> The 78 rpm format is just right for the field, because with the coarse
>>> grooves there is no need to be hysterical about working in a dust-free
>>> environment and in most cases not even about overloading the system. 
>>> And now,
>>> of course, we have mains electricity everywhere.
>>>
>>> The increase in demand for lacquer records (we now know that they were
>>> nitrocellulose lacquers, not cellulose acetate lacquers) might even 
>>> lower the
>>> price of masters from the suppliers to record mastering studios, to the
>>> benefit of us all.
>>>
>>> In 50-100 years time we shall have a real pickle, however, because 
>>> we shall
>>> then have to apply various forensic techniques to determine that 
>>> your records
>>> are what they are and not 70+ years older. However, that is what 
>>> happens when
>>> you start using technology that has been overtaken by technical 
>>> development.
>>>
>>> It is very interesting, philosophically, to consider that no-one 
>>> will be able
>>> to re-create MiniDisc recording 70 years after its heyday (if it 
>>> ever had
>>> one) 1) because probably no equipment can be made to function, and 
>>> 2) nobody
>>> will manufacture unrecorded magneto-optical MiniDiscs in 70 years. 
>>> It all
>>> speaks for going primitive.
>>>
>>> My own experiences with re-creating early recording has concentrated on
>>> acoustic disc recording, using Berliner etch-technology and Johnson 
>>> cut wax
>>> technology. However, I regularly use my 
>>> better-than-a-portable-Presto lathe
>>> for 78 rpm lacquers. My lathe is portable if you are two strong men 
>>> - it has
>>> handles!
>>>
>>> Best wishes; I shall follow your website!
>>>
>>>
>>> George
>>>
>>> --------------------------------------------
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>> We're recent new members, and just wanted to say hello to everyone 
>>>> on the
>>>> list.  We thought that there may be some folks interested in what 
>>>> we're up
>>>> to.
>>>>
>>>> THE 78 PROJECT is a journey across America to record today´s 
>>>> musical artists
>>>> as they perform the early American songs that inspired a century of 
>>>> popular
>>>> music -- exactly as they were originally recorded, instantaneously, on
>>>> one-of-a-kind 78rpm lacquer discs.  Inspired by Alan Lomax and his 
>>>> quest to
>>>> capture music where it lived throughout the early 20th Century, the 
>>>> series
>>>> celebrates the artistry and craft that spontaneously captured 
>>>> America´s most
>>>> authentic musical forms.  With just one microphone, one authentic 
>>>> 1930's
>>>> Presto direct-to-acetate disk recorder, and one blank lacquer disc,
>>>> musicians are given an opportunity to make a recording anywhere 
>>>> they choose.
>>>> What we have found is that the film, music and feelings that result 
>>>> defy
>>>> space and time.  You can see more of the project, hear acetates and 
>>>> more at
>>>> our website (www.the78project.com), and you can also see all of our 
>>>> videos
>>>> on our Vimeo page at: http://vimeo.com/the78project/videos.
>>>>
>>>> We welcome any thoughts, insights, feedback...
>>>>
>>>> Alex Steyermark&  Lavinia Jones Wright
>>>> The 78 Project
>>>> sol
>>>>
>>>> The 78 Project | www.the78project.com
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>>>>
>>>> Breakthrough musicians on a journey to connect with the haunting 
>>>> recordings
>>>> of the past...
>
This reminds me of the old spoof exam question :

"The development of the long playing record had a baleful effect on the 
eveolution of the jazz solo. Discuss."