>  This is VERY interesting! 

Glad to hear.  

>  Am I mistaken that at some time during the 1960s Birgit Nilsson made an 
acoustical recording of a Wagner selection

I haven't heard about this one, but maybe someone else on the list knows 
something about it.  

-Jerry Fabris

On Mon, 24 Sep 2012 15:23:12 -0400, Donald Tait <[log in to unmask]> 

>  This is VERY interesting! I'm sorry I can't be there to hear in person 
what the acoustical recording sounds like compared to the violinist's 
sound. It will surely be a valuable lesson about how to judge the sound as 
it is preserved on acoustical recordings, compared to the real thing.
>  Am I mistaken that at some time during the 1960s Birgit Nilsson made an 
acoustical recording of a Wagner selection, maybe "Ho-yo-to-ho" from the 
beginning of Die Walkure Act 3, as an experiment? For fun? And that it was 
played on a Met broadcast intermission and coupled with her recent Decca 
recording of the same music? I seem to recall having heard it. And thinking 
that despite the serious limitations of the acoustical process, Nilsson's 
unique sound was instantaneously recognizable. It was another lesson about 
the sound of acoustical recordings. There can't be too many for a 
>  Don Tait
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>From: Gerald Fabris <[log in to unmask]>
>To: ARSCLIST <[log in to unmask]>
>Sent: Mon, Sep 24, 2012 1:38 pm
>Subject: [ARSCLIST] NJ Audio Society - wax cylinder recording session, 
Sunday, Oct 21, 3:30
>Upcoming program hosted by the New Jersey Audio Society
>"Edison’s Legacy: The symbiosis of art and technology"
>Where: St. Philips the Apostle Church, Saddle Brook NJ
>When: Sunday October 21, 2012 at 3:30 PM. 
>Admission is free. Donations are encouraged.
>On October 21st, Eric Wyrick, concertmaster of the New Jersey Symphony 
>Orchestra, will record ‘Prélude 'le Deluge‘ by Saint-Saens on an 
>Edison Cylinder, the first commercial recording system, widely used 
>1888-1915.  Working with Jerry Fabris, museum curator of the Thomas Edison 
>National Historical Park, and Darryl Kubian, NJSO violinist, composer and 
>sound engineer, the program will explore the ever-evolving medium of 
>recorded sound, featuring technology from the late 19th century to the 
>present day.  The recordings produced during this program will provide a 
>springboard for an interactive discussion between the artist, engineer and 
>While the unique sound of the Edison Cylinder is fascinating in its own 
>right, this program will also explore how it has influenced the art of 
>modern recording.  Mr. Kubian will simultaneously record Mr. Wyrick on two 
>additional systems, each representing a pivotal phase in the history of 
>sound technology.  This live comparison of electronic recording technology 
>to its mechanical predecessor will provide a unique opportunity to examine 
>the progress we have made, and remember some of what we have lost.