I’m gonna write a little letter
Gonna mail it to my local DJ
It’s a rockin’ rhythm record
I want my jockey to play
Roll over Beethoven, I gotta hear it again today
– Roll over Beethoven, Chuck Berry
The engineer above is using an AMPEX 300. AMPEX stood for Alexander M. Poniatoff Excellence, in honor of the company’s founder and his aims.
AMPEX was a huge name in recording equipment. Mr Poniatoff’s AMPEX Quadruplex VR-1000 was the first commercially produced video tape recorder. When German Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was tried in Jerusalem, Israel, in 1961, the courtroom exchanges were recorded on an AMPEX Quadruplex VR-1000, with videotape flown to the US for broadcast each day.
And then there were the records.
There is something wonderful about watching recorded music being turned into objects of desire, to own, cherish, lend and share. Will we one day dust off our ‘cloud’ software and play the tunes stored virtually in beeps and burps? Will copyright lawyers let us? Perhaps. But it seems unlikely. You can stumble on an old record, touch it, feel the contours, enjoy the art and the intrisic label, and slide it from the protective sleeve. Its look and form appeals to our curiosity. It’s delicate and cool in your hands. That others have touched it in the making and moving from factory to record store and home adds to a record’s quality. These records are human-sized slices of culture.
And this is how vinyl records was made in 1954 at the AMPEX factory in San Carlos, California.
Via: Al Q
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