Interview with George Avakian, December 10, 1996

Project: Chasing Sound Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

This interview with producer and Columbia Records executive George Avakian begins with a discussion of his background and childhood. It then moves on to talk about his early career in radio transcription. Schmidt Horning and Avakian then discuss various record labels and books on the history of recording.

Avakian discusses the development of the long-playing record. He then talks about the recording venues available to him during his time at Columbia Records. The interview ends with a discussion on tape recording and other audio engineers, and the difficulties in getting a wide range of sound on long-playing records.

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2016oh186_chase018

Interviewee Name

George Avakian

Interviewer Name

Susan Schmidt Horning

Interview Date

1996-12-10

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Avakian, George Interview by Susan Schmidt Horning. 10 Dec. 1996. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Avakian, G. (1996, December 10). Interview by S. S. Horning. Chasing Sound Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Avakian, George, interview by Susan Schmidt Horning. December 10, 1996, Chasing Sound Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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