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Re: [ARSCLIST] History of Audio Exhibit at SFO
Yes, It's almost worth buying a ticket, subjecting myself to security,
and then cancelling the ticket at the last minute in order to see it
-- but that might get me on a future no-fly list.
Anyway, one other item of interest if all went according to plan is
one of the two Magnetophons that Jack Mullin brought back from Germany
and then built his own electronics. It was one of two that Jack used
the first season for "Philco Radio Time with Bing Crosby".
It is rare that this unit leaves the personal collection of Mullin's
family. In fact, this is the first time that I am aware of this unit
being exhibited. Its mate is in the Pavek Museum in St. Louis Park
Yes, 2-inch videotape is a real eye opener! To think what has happened
over time to videotape since then.
Quoting David Seubert <seubert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
There is an exhibit on the history of audio recording at San Francisco
International Airport in Terminal 3 (United Airlines) right now. It
coincides with the AES Convention this weekend and runs through May
It's behind security, so you have to be flying to see it. But if you
happen to be flying through or to SFO, you should check it out.
There are lots of cool artifacts from cylinders and Berliner discs,
to an Ampex 2" videotape machine (which was actually drawing a crowd
when I was there) to videogame consoles and "early" iPods. It's a
well done exhibit with quite a bit of text on the various engineers
and their contributions to audio recording. I couldn't figure out
exactly who curated it, but it includes a lot of vintage equipment
from the Ampex collection at Stanford, gear from Dolby Labs and some
from private collectors like René Rondeau.
SFO has a great art exhibition program. It's too bad it's mostly behind
security now where nobody has time to pay attention to it.