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Amy X Neuburg & Steve Espinola: Live Layering/Cutting of 78s by Steve E. on Mon Jun 02, 2014 5:24 pm

Amy X Neuburg is an avant-cabaret composer-singer who incorporates looping and layering into most of her work. Steve Espinola is a singer-songwriter who is obsessed with old music and old things. Together, they asked: Were any of our current "electronic" performance tendencies possible 70+ years ago, prior to the modern technologies that inspire and facilitate their use?

This is probably the most insane stunt that I (Steve) have ever been involved with as a record cutter. If you stick with the video, your patience will be rewarded: The end is rather extraordinary, if I do say so.

Live layering using 1930s-40s recording and playback technology: 78 rpm record cutting and hand-cranked Victrolas (actually, one Victrola, one HMV). Composed for a December 13, 2008, performance at Roulette, NYC.

The recording device was a 1946 Wilcox Gay Recordio 6B30 home record cutter. No vacuuming was used, and that's why I'm not giving m...

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Mike Dixon "Keeps Craft of Cutting Records Alive" by Steve E. on Sat May 10, 2014 4:09 pm
We Lathe Trolls are always proud when one of our own gets some much-deserved media attention. Here's an awesome article and video about Mike Dixon, often known around here as piaptk ("People In A Position to Know"). The video spotlights his contagious exuberance, his passionate supercool-geekitude about record-making, and his beautiful and unusual individually cut records. It shows off his ridiculously extensive collection of Presto 6Ns, each with an attractive new carrying cabinet. And, it contains an unusually succinct and understandable explanation of just how record cutting works.

(We will therefore forgive the fact that the article link uses the horrendous and incorrect term "vinyls.")

This month Mike is cutting records in Paris with Kris Dorr, for Converse. I am hoping they will post some blog items of their own, but in the meantime, do read this.


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The elusive bass. by Steve E. on Sat May 10, 2014 1:44 am
The elusive bass. Can't catch it. But you sure do feel it in your butt (:30).

Aka "The Meower and the Woofer."

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Deep Grooves Mastering - VMS70 Heating Wire Mod by opcode66 on Sun May 04, 2014 12:26 am
Scroll down for a video explaining everything!

I modified my Neumann VMS70 again. I've always disliked how the heat can be applied to the stylus when the vacuum isn't on. It opens up the possibility of baking bits of chip to your stylus. No amount of solvent will clean off carbonized chip. When you bake chip to your stylus, your grooves will not be as clean as they were before carbonizing chip to your stylus. It will show up as background hiss on playback.

This forces the operator to turn the heat potentiometer down to zero when changing out the stylus or when auditioning audio through the head without the vacuum running (so you can monitor the substitutional feedback network and watch your amps on your rack). I like to see how audio will ping on my meters. So, I will drop the head outside the platter with the heat off. But, sometimes, I forget to turn the heat off. Or, sometimes I forget to turn the heat...

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His Servant's Voice by Steve E. on Tue Apr 29, 2014 4:57 pm
A cat, a gramophone, a song.

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