Press and Citations, etc.
Tinfoil.com in the press and around the Net
The alternative music songwriter, performer and personality Beck (Beck Hansen)
is featured in an advertisement showing his list of favorite websites
topping the list is tinfoil.com.
A representative of the ad agency said Beck is very interested in the
historical aspect of music recording.
Provided courtesy of ArtistDirect.com.
"The Cylinder Man"
Reporter visits the tinfoil.com studio and learns about wax cylinders
and their preservation.
Aired on the ABC radio program Perspective.
To hear the interview
For help playing this sound, click here.
Provided courtesy of 1190 KEX/AM Radio.
- Announcing a change:
Tinfoil.com friend, David Grigg, listened carefully to the announcement on
the March Medley from El Capitan by Issler's Orchestra
(the October 1998 Cylinder of the Month),
and heard the announcement correctly (I had it "... the John Philip Sousa's ...").
- Information located on The Esquimaux Dance:
Details on the previously mysterious
June 1999 Cylinder of the Month
were located in a copy of the "Catalog and Records for use on the Phonograph" published
by the New Jersey Phonograph Company in 1892, provided courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Previously, guided by etchings on the cylinder's edge I had the title of the
recording as Esquimau Dance.
From other clues, I guessed it was put out by the New Jersey Phonograph Company in
about 1893 and was a vaudeville-style cylinder.
In fact, the cylinder is listed under the "Clarinet solos" heading and
performed by Mr. William M. Tuson
(see also the September 1997 Cylinder of the Month).
- Issler recording date: Lanciers with Figures Called.
I had placed this recording at 1890, an early Edison laboratory Wangemann-era recording
(see Five Minutes With the Minstrels for an example of a true Wangemann-era recording).
However, after working with several actual 1890-1892 recordings, it became clear this was a later recording.
More likely it is an early recording from the New Jersey Phonograph Company, ca. 1893-1894.
I also got the name of Issler's orchestra wrong in this recording, it is Issler's Popular Orchestra
(I had said it was Issler's Parlor Orchestra, which would have been more consistent with 1890).
- Date way off: All the Silver in the Silvery Moon.
This recording was dated as 1899 due to several indicators (type of recording, recording speed, collector's information).
However, Billy Williams researcher,
has pointed out this song was written circa 1911!
Thus, it appears this record was a pirated copy indeed a very well-done pirated copy.
I frequently run across homemade brown wax duplicates of commercial recordings,
but they are usually quite easy to uncover as duplicates.
This one, a concert-grand (5" diameter) cylinder, fooled me.
I also had the name of the recording as I Wish I Had All the Silver in the Silvery Moon which was incorrect.
- Issler's Orchestra formation date:
In the October 1998 Cylinder of the Month
discussion on Edward Issler I inferred from Wangemann's logbook that Issler
formed his orchestra in late-1889.
However, at least two recordings circa 1888 to early '89 seem to disprove that idea.
Thus, at this point, it appears we don't know when Issler's Orchestra was formed.
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