[Dixielandjazz] Columbia's echo

Kurt bowermastergroup at qwest.net
Wed Sep 24 11:49:12 PDT 2003

Is George Wein a member of this list?  It'd be great to hear about him on
this subject and others.  I'm currently reading his fabulous book "Myself
Among Others".  At one time or another he either hired, played with or
recorded just about every prominent name in jazz.

Perhaps Steve Barbone knows him since there is a Boston connection.

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From: dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com
[mailto:dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com]On Behalf Of Dingo
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2003 8:30 AM
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] Columbia's echo

Brian Wood wrote:

> I doubt the stairwell story.

<polite snip>

I do too, but have heard/read this same story over the years.

In a similar vain, I once had to edit an interview one of my presenter's,
Bob, had recorded at the Theatre Royal in Bury St. Edmunds. I cannot now
recall exactly what it was but Bob had made a goof and needed to re-record
this small piece again for it to be dropped in. Snag was, with transmission
time fast approaching there was no chance of his getting back to the
theatre to record this piece in the same acoustic as the original interview
and the radio station's studio was too 'dry'.

Necessity being the mother of invention - or whatever the expression is - I
shoved Bob into the ladies loo with the mike while I stood outside with the
Uher and on guard so as to avoid the female station staff the embarrassment
of discovering this hunk of a man talking to himself in their private

Worked a treat - the loo acoustic matched that of the theatre perfectly. We
did try the men's loo first but the acoustic was wrong nor could we switch
off the extractor fan.
        Suffolk, England.
  You Play It - I'll Mix It

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Sent: 24 September 2003 12:44
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Columbia's echo

> I doubt the stairwell story.
> I was once a BBC recording engineer and we had
> an echo chamber consisting of a bare-walled underground chamber with a
> at one end and a microphone at the other. It worked splendidly except
> extraneous noise - the rumble of passing traffic some distance away; even
> occasional tube train - often made it unuseable. A stairwell would, I
suggest, be
> virtually useless, although I have no doubt the half-wits at Columbia
> echo.
> Brian Wood

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