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Subject: My Audio Roots
From: "Hap Holly" <>
Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2003 21:29:02 -0500
As a young blind boy I was most intrigued with recording the sounds of nature. 
In the early 1960s my mom owned an early flexible-disc recording machine called 
a Soundscriber. She and my grandmother corresponded with these 45 RPM-sized 
discs. I would find one of her blank disks, then place her machine's boxy mic 
on the sill of the open bedroom window to pick up whatever was going on 
outside. In those days the street and air traffic nearby were non existent  Too 
bad none of those recordings survived the decades.  

Later in the mid '60's when I was in junior high/early high school, I created 
what I called "rain music". Simply put, I grabbed empty tin cans of all sizes, 
placing each upside down under an especially active stream of rain water 
flowing off the overhang along a sidewalk behind my folks' southern California 
home. I learned some years later my "rain music" drove my folks crazy as their 
bedroom was oh so close to the action *smile*. The large fruit cocktail cans 
generated the lowest notes while the small juice cans the highest. Some of the 
cans were placed under constant streams, resulting in a drum-roll effect that 
varied in tone as the stream pouring off the roof would "dance" around the 
bottom of the overturned can. Simultaneously a couple feet further down the 
sidewalk others resounded with large occasional yet rhythmic notes from slower 
and more intermittent drips.    Too bad I never recorded any of that stuff. I 
have given serious thought to doing so here and now!
You've now know the story as to how I began my career in recording sh'tuff, I'd 
like to hear yours.

Hap Holly, KC9RP
Founder/Producer, RAIN Report

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