Funding for such a project should be available but probably not without
missionary work. PBS might be a suitable outlet but they should only be
offered a completed program, fully funded. Otherwise, as you suggest, the
chances of something good originating there is doubtful, to say the least.

This technical milestone has interested engineers of my acquaintance for
more than fifty years. While focussing on WECO, at least a "sidebar" should
discuss the coeval research by Blumlein and the audible products of it.


On Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 6:54 AM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> As I mentioned, this is something that should be taken on my the LOC or
> Smithsonian. I bet that if they asked, the current AT&T and perhaps some
> other descendants of the Bell System would put up some of the funding. It
> should be offered to all Americans as downloads, with extra charged for
> physical CDs. ARSC or the AESHC should offer to help organize the process
> and approach the telcos for some funding. There might be a PBS documentary
> in it too, although that place is a hornet's nest of politics and feifdoms
> so it's probably easier just to deal with the LOC or Smithsonian Folkways,
> Ward Marston and the telcos. The Prelingers may well be willing to put up
> some money, as might Steve Wozniak, if they were asked. So might hte
> Packard Foundation, for that matter. The recordings, especially all of the
> early stereophony experiments, are a major part of American technical
> history. WECO basically invented and enabled what was modern recording
> (first, electrical recording, then stereophony and practical stereo
> recording for a grooved disk). Throw in the fact that Stokowski is involved
> and it gets very interesting, and not just for collectors of obscura.
> -- Tom Fine
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>  Ward has been talking about this for a long time, but I'm afraid there is
>> only so much one man can do (and make a living too).
>> joe salerno
>> On 4/10/2013 6:07 PM, Karl Miller wrote:
>>> ----- Original Message ----
>>> From: John Haley <[log in to unmask]>
>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>> Sent: Wed, April 10, 2013 4:03:32 PM
>>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Terrific 1970 Interview with Stokowski
>>> I recall Ward Marston telling us at his talk at ARSC-NY that he intended
>>> to
>>> revisit and redo those Bell Labs recordings, and as Mike said, he played
>>> us
>>> a sample as redone.  The LP's might have been his first big restoration
>>> project.  I recall there was an issue getting the timing of the two
>>> channels exactly together.  That is of course much easier to do on the
>>> computer today.  I hope he will redo those items.
>>> ********************
>>> Due to my interest in odd ball repertoire, I had a recent exchange with
>>> Ward
>>> about those recordings...I was looking for Stokowski doing the
>>> Lopatnikoff 1st
>>> Symphony. He said something to the effect that he wanted to redo them.
>>> When I
>>> asked him when...he said...well....
>>> Karl
>> --
>> Joe Salerno

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