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From: "Bernie Krause" bigchirp1
Date: Sun Jan 3, 2010 7:36 am ((PST))
Historically, the first "stereo" recording was the Disney film,
"Fantasia." The 1940 soundtrack version was recorded in 1939 using
multiple tracks recording (transmitted over special phone lines, no
less) various classical pieces with Leopold Stokowski's Philadelphia
Orchestra and then mixed down (mostly) to two, since that's what only
a few theatres were technically able to handle at the time. Folks were
mesmerized by the sense of space. The first large-scale distribution
of stereo records I got were from around 1954 (Segovia and Les Paul/
Mary Ford). By the time the Beatles recorded (and with whom I
occasionally worked), 3-, 4-, and 8-track machines were already fairly
common, later to be replaced by 16- and 24-track.


On Jan 2, 2010, at 3:56 PM, Klas Strandberg wrote:

> That is a good observation!
> At the time when Beatles e.t.c. made their recordings, loudspeakers
> were often diffuse and stereo was kind of "new" and impressing. I
> remember when we used to sit and listen and just admire that we could
> hear the different instruments at different places between the
> loudspeakers.
> It=B4s the same, I guess, as when all those "surround" TV systems are
> sold. All of a sudden you hear a machine gun in your left corner of
> the room, though it has nothing to do with what anything like it
> could sound in reality.
> I hope I understood this about phantom power right..? I didn't read
> the postings, just some lines which implied that pin 2 and 3 cannot
> be reversed cause of phantom power.
> Klas.
>> It's interesting that our appreciation of different stereo
>> configurations changes over time. I listened to The Beatles
>> "Revolver" and "Rubber Soul" albums recently after not playing them
>> for 20 years or so,..........
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