amazing discoveries

* New short vowel discovered

* 19th century Spurgeon audio recording discovered

(NB, both are a couple of days late.)

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3 thoughts on “amazing discoveries

  1. Ha! Didn’t fool me! Fred Gaisberg (1873-1951) was the man who virtually invented the jobs of record producer and recording engineer. He worked for what eventually became EMI from the middle 1890s until his retirement in 1938. For most of his career, he was headquartered in London. In his autobiography, he writes that there were no recording machines (as he called them) anywhere in England until the spring of 1898, at the earliest. And he knew, because he’s the guy who set them up, thereby creating the first recording studio (in a hotel, I think) in Britain. (The very first purpose-built recording studio in the world, by the way, was opened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the late 1880s, I believe).

    By the spring of 1898, Spurgeon had been dead for 6 years. So, no, there are no Spurgeon recordings, as tantalizing as that would be.

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