It seem that perhaps two generations have passed since I did my ARSC
presentation "Electrical Recording Before Western Electric" in 1977  -- 
I've been told that anonymous recordings of that talk have been
circulating far beyond the ARSC community (people quote my own talk back
to me and someone even sent me a tape, all not knowing it was me!)  So
although I could say it has already been done, it is long overdue for an
update.  None of you guys seem to remember it as evidenced by some of
the facts I posted last week having been circulating in the past 35
years since my talk and dissertation.  A lot of new information has been
discovered, especially the work Nick Bergh presented at ARSC this year
about the continuing improvements at Victor of the W.E. system.  Other
forgotten ARSC talks were given by a member of the development team of
W.E. and the inventor of W.E. stereo -- Arthur C. Keller -- and one of
the inventors of wire recording (Carlson??).  There is audio of the
former and I have video of the latter.  

A panel is definitely the way to go -- no one person knows everything --
and do not limit yourself to cover the entire subject in one year.  I
spread my presentations about broadcast and instantaneous recording over
4 or 5 years.  Tom's talk about stereo was a good intro to that subject,
and we need to bring back Mike Gray to AGAIN detail the beginnings of
stereo (he also has done ARSC presentations on the subject).  We also
had talks on the subject by David Hall as well as the taped interview
Dennis Rooney did with Tom's mother.  So we HAVE had talks on all of
this in the past -- it has NOT been ignored. But you hadda been there --
and I have been since 1971 except for two.

Mike Biel   [log in to unmask]   

-------- Original Message --------
From: Dennis Rooney <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tue, October 16, 2012 10:25 am
To: [log in to unmask]

Dear Steve,

We're mooting the structure with a conference presentation in mind. What
was thinking of would involve at least two speakers who would alternate
presenting the material, thus providing better "stage presence" and
variety. Presenting in segments of 30-40 min. with Q&A afterward would
fine with me. Frankly, given the high intrinsic interest of the material
enriched by audio samples, the entire undertaking is self-recommending.
However, I do suggest that the segments, however many there would be,
should be presented over a single day.



On Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 10:09 AM, Steve Smolian <[log in to unmask]>

> Is this a conference presentation a course or a seminar?
> Steve Smolian
> -----Original Message----- From: Tom Fine
> Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 8:43 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> I come down in the middle on this one. The presentation should be a
> "segment" in an ARSC Conference,
> broken into three "presentations," as I described yesterday. That gives
> breaks for Q&A about
> specific parts of the history (ie WECO, Europe, non-WECO American
> systems), and time for people to
> shuffle around in their uncomfortable chairs.
> Where I agree with Don is that no presenter I saw at ARSC (myself
> definitely included) has the
> professional stage presence to hold an audience for 90 minutes. Die
> Meistersinger is inherently more
> compelling a spectacle than anything I've ever seen on the agenda at ARSC,
> AES or any other audio
> organization conference!
> AES Historical Committee organizers like to set up 90-minute slots. The
> only way I've found to fill
> them is use long music examples. I think I still maxed out at 80 minutes
> and I noticed a lot of
> people clicking "smart" phones and the like during the music examples.
> If one really endeavored to present the early history of electrical
> recording, say from the roots up
> to when the WECO system was established in the American record business,
> that's a dense amount of
> history. A lot to absorb, best presented in bites. It would be a
> tremendous thing to see. The
> followup at the next conference could be a "segment" covering the history
> of magnetic recording.
> Start with early stuff, Poulsen, wire recording, invention of AC bias (by
> WECO), etc. Then the
> German development of both magnetic tape recording and magnetic tape
> itself, plus their early stereo
> recordings. Then you could have a half hour on Ampex, the adoption of tape
> as the master medium in
> American and European professional recording, amateur formats,
> mass-duping, etc. Then end with a
> half hour summary on modern knowledge about tape care, degradation,
> mitigation and transfer methods.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Dennis Rooney" <
> [log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 8:21 AM
> Dear Don,
>> As the first act of DIE MEISTERSINGER lasts slightly longer than ninety
>> minutes but doesn't seem a bit too long in a good performance, I cannot
>> agree with your estimate except insofar as it might be influenced by the
>> quality of chairs we get to sit on at our conferences.
>> DDR
>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 5:16 AM, Don Cox <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> On 15/10/2012, Dennis Rooney wrote:
>>> > Dear Tom,
>>> >
>>> > I'm inclined to agree with you; however, my experience with ARSC-ies
>>> > is that they are not a particularly technically-savvy lot, although
>>> > more and more computer mavens seem to post to this list and we do have
>>> > a Technical Committee. That feeling has certainly been reinforced by
>>> > the often comically ignorant queries that have been posted so
>>> > frequently in recent months.
>>> >
>>> > The genesis of electrical recording, presented in a detailed overview
>>> > with appropriate technical, patent and legal exhibits, and of course
>>> > with plentiful audio examples, would in my opinion be a great
>>> > presentation, just one not possible to cover in 35 minutes. To even
>>> > approach treating the subject properly, an hour would be a minimum
>>> > time and ninety minutes would be better. That sounds like a workshop,
>>> > except that it's not a how-to subject. "Too AES-y" would probably be
>>> > the response of the current worthies on the Program Committee. A
>>> > grass-roots contradiction of my thesis would be heartening. We'll see.
>>> >
>>> Ninety minutes would be a two-part presentation.
>>> No single talk should be longer than 45 minutes. People just cannot pay
>>> attention for that long.
>>> Regards
>>> --
>>> Don Cox
>>> [log in to unmask]
>> --
>> Dennis D. Rooney
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