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April 28, 2008



20% is quite a change of speed; did no-one like Lomax ever interview people who heard him live? Some things are (presumably) irrecoverable, like Beiderbecke's tone - as described by, for example, Armstrong and Condon.


But did the technology to artificially speed up a record, even if you wanted to, exist in the 1930s? Songs were recorded directly onto disk, and then copies of the disk were pressed. Recording to tape and then mastering to disk only arrived well after WWII. True, Johnson was being recorded on portable equipment, not in a proper studio, so there may have been some miscalibration, but not as much as 20%.

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