Poetry professor Garret Hongo's new book The Perfect Sound [amazon] is aptly named. It's the perfect book for any fan of all things audio. It combines a personal family memoir with midcentury Hawaiian and Southern Californian culture, pop music personalities, audio recording, technology, jazz, vacuum tubes vs. transistors, surf music, steel guitars, and so much more. You'll smell the smoke and hear the sizzling solder as Hongo recalls wiring up early hi-fi amps with his dad, just the first step in his life-long quest for the perfect sound.
Who isn't fascinating by foley art, the process of recreating ambient sounds for film and television? And who doesn't giggle just a bit imagining this as an actual, well-paying job — a profession ripe for parody. In this "Movies Insider" segment they look at the particularly difficult challenges of getting footsteps to sound right. READ THE REST
Attention Kmart shoppers: Please enjoy this recording of a reel-to-reel audio recording played in the store in 1973. "In my opinion, the opening Kmart jingle is the most important artifact of this recording, but the music and small number of commercials make it a great listen," writes the uploader. READ THE REST
Teenage Engineering, maker of the OP-1 portable synthesizer and the Pocket Operator synthesizers collaborated with Pentagram's Yuri Suzuki and Japanese company Gakken to seemingly rebrand Gakken's record cutter for making 5" vinyl records with audio up to 4 minutes long. It's called the PO-80 record factory and it's $149, which is significantly more than the… READ THE REST
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