Interview with Art Shifrin, February 8, 1999

Project: Chasing Sound Oral History Project

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Art Shifrin introduces the interviewer to a collection of early recording machines and technology. He talks about German contributions to the development of magnetic tape recording technology. Shifrin talks about the development of commercial recording technology that was associated with radio show broadcasts in the 1940s. He talks about the evolutionary stages of audio recording technology, including multi-track recording. He also discusses audio recording in conjunction with film recording. Shifrin talks about technical challenges of sound recordings and the technological developments designed to meet those challenges. Shifrin talks about the various types of audio recording technology in the context of machines in the museum incorporating that technology. He talks about the transition from film recording to videotape recording for recording images with sound. Shifrin talks about his recollections of musician and sound engineer Raymond Scott. Shifrin talks about the phonautogram, the earliest form of sound recording in 1859 which involved an oscillographic recording on paper. He explains that this process merely recorded sound graphically, and did not include a means of playing back the recording. He talks about later sound recording technologies developed by Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell. Shifrin talks about his development of a new player for antique cylindrical records, and his research into kinetophone records. He talks about his discovery of rare blue celluloid cylindrical records in a Swedish archive which led to a research breakthrough on sync-sound films. Shifrin talks about the parallel developments of audio and video recording as well as multi-track recording.

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2016oh212_chase042

Interviewee Name

Art Shifrin

Interviewer Name

Susan Schmidt Horning

Interview Date

1999-02-08

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Shifrin, Art Interview by Susan Schmidt Horning. 08 Feb. 1999. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Shifrin, A. (1999, February 08). Interview by S. S. Horning. Chasing Sound Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Shifrin, Art, interview by Susan Schmidt Horning. February 08, 1999, Chasing Sound Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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