Sunday, June 22, 2014

Seeing the sound in old wax cylinder recordings

High resolution 3D digital imaging of the grooves on fragile old audio recordings now allows full playback without adding further degradation from stylus contact. The Helen Hartness Flanders collection is now being copied this way. Here is a recording of Mabel Wilson Tatro of Springfield, VT, made in appx. 1930, singing "Two Little Kittens."
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   Lyrics...

 Related story from the Boston Globe: Technology saves echoes of past from silence



Two Little Kittens


Two Little Kittens, one stormy night,
Began to quarrel, and then to fight;
One had a mouse, and the other had none -
And that is the way their row begun.

I’ll have that mouse! Said the older cat
You won’t have that mouse, I'll see about that
I 'll have that mouse said the younger one
You won't have that mouse said the little one
As I told you before, ‘twas a stormy night
When those two little kittens began to fight
The old woman seized her sweeping broom
And swept the two kittens right out of the room
The ground was all covered with frost and snow,
Those two little kittens had no where to go!
So they laid themselves down on the mat at the door
While the ugly old woman was sweeping the floor

And then they crept in as quiet as mice,
All wet with snow, and as cold as ice!
They found it much better, that stormy night,
To lie and sleep than to quarrel and fight.

http://www.nedcc.org/audio-preservation/irene-blog/?tag=audio%20preservation&key=articlestags

1 comment :

  1. Interesting.
    People born in 1920, or there about, have lived through the history of sound recording media :
    Wax Cylinders
    78 Vinyl Records
    33 & 45 Vinyl Records
    Reel to Reel Tape
    8 Track Tape
    Cassette Tape
    CD Disk
    Now Solid State Memory
    What did I miss...What will be next ?

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