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Re: My Audio Roots

Subject: Re: My Audio Roots
From: Rob Danielson <>
Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2003 22:52:01 -0500
Hap Holly wrote:
>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.

Hi HH-
I'll say. This notion occurred to very few people. I'm sure many 
nature recordists know of Tony Schwartz's work. He has a pretty large 
collection of such discs; I understand very few of them are of 
locations.  Tony made one himself: "New York 19,"  (Folkways FP 58). 
Its out of print, a student took off with my copy years ago, I'd love 
to sit down and listen to it today and compare it with the surround 
stuff I just recorded around my house over the past few days.

For those not aware of Schwartz, here's a start.
Tony's email address is on the site.

Ok Hap, set your reading voice for middle-aged male, midwestern nasal 
with faint southern slur,here's your story:

14 years ago I visited the Milwaukee and Wisconsin State historical 
Societies to explore what they had in their archives as recorded 
sound. Boxes and boxes of television shows, a few of radio shows, 
three- quarter inch reel to reel interviews with rich "founders,"-- 
nothing of the real world at all, zip.  I guess all of us should have 
a plan for leaving behind some material for the public to access. 
And Hap, let me be the first to encourage you to make that recording! 
A little commentary could make up for some of what seems lost.  Rob D.

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