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The future of history of recorded sound.
Old 26th March 2018
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The future of history of recorded sound.

Hi everybody.

History of recorded sound, for those who don't know is run by len horowitz in culver city. Len is having some trouble keeping the building he's in, and hes looking to prove that HRS records has history and services that needs to stay available.

He made a short video, which is unfinished, and is looking for people to write letters backing him up trying to keep the doors open.

If you, or anybody you know that has been helped by len, or just wants to help len accomplish this, please do get in touch with him.

Im just relaying the message to try what i can at helping len, because he has helped me.


Here's a little write up:
History of Recorded Sound

In 1995 History of Recorded Sound purchased the record division of Western Electric (Westrex) upon the death of Otto Hepp, the last surviving engineer from Westrex. This acquisition preserved analog record production worldwide, which because of its survival has now flourished again in the 21st century.

The landscape is changing from individual businesses to corporate, leaving out some of the necessary services that support our neighbors. We’re asking the Chamber of Commerce to help History of Recorded Sound stay within the city limits to keep providing these services.

We’ve learned through events like the Culver City Art Walk and seminars throughout the years that this community has an insatiable appetite for learning about ‘what once was’ in technology and music. In 2005, we hosted a reunion for the musicians and recording engineers and staff at Gold Star Records. Gold Star closed in 1982. Their master tapes dating back to the 40s were doomed for destruction. We stepped in to preserve these rare masters--many unreleased--rather than witness 40 years of significant history be wiped away. The reunion served to celebrate the significance of this now historic record label and the art it introduced to the world. These tapes still cause jaws to drop and eyes to widen during concurrent seminars.

Today History of Recorded Sound is one of the only, if not only service facilities for analog record cutting equipment. The last record lathe was manufactured in 1986. Most were made decades before. They are still working hard today with little evidence of retiring. But the cutterhead—the heart of the system that translates audio into grooves on a record—is sensitive and like any mechanical device occasionally needs service. This crux of technology has spanned three centuries.

For over 20 years, History of Recorded Sound has lived in Culver City, and like other services to the community, is in danger of ‘corporate encroachment.’ What we’ve noticed from the people who walk through these doors is that everybody wants to learn a new skill. If it’s learning how to appreciate vinyl, that’s a skill. If it’s learning how to master a record, that’s a skill. Learning music history, recording technologies, audio mastering, etc. all leave people with knowledge to enrich their lives.
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