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(The New York Times)   Howard H. Scott, developer of the LP dies at 92. His influence on the recording industry hardly scratches the surface   (nytimes.com) divider line 21
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2012-10-07 12:27:43 AM
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2012-10-07 12:28:59 AM
he was 'a' developer subby, not 'the developer'. he was part of a team, part of a team that had many people over many decades.

and he died 2 weeks ago...but I'm sure you're a big fan and you knew all about him.

/how does a crappy headline like this get greenlit?
 
2012-10-07 12:35:50 AM
Groovy.
 
2012-10-07 02:01:07 AM
Yeah, LPs are alright, but the best sound is from wax cylinders

/hipster douchebag
 
2012-10-07 02:23:37 AM
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2012-10-07 02:45:14 AM
A pretty meh greenlight, I'd say. HHS's most distinctive early role seems to be the transfers to LP from _pre-existing_ recordings, where a longer (classical) work had been segmented across several 78-rpm discs. Being at first "on loan" to CBS's engineering division, he wasn't exactly pivotally involved in developing the microgroove technology itself. Plus, soon enough such stitching- together would be solved by "splicing" such 78s using the emerging magnetic tape technology, and *then* to LP.

Here's a good 1998 Gramophone article, which fills in many details:

Link

/that said, microgroove technology still is/was an amazing technical stride, with a tiny stylus pulling all that complex information out of that little groove--and acquiring the capability to handle stereo only a decade later.
 
2012-10-07 02:45:53 AM
He's so hip he was listening to LPs before everyone got into them.
 
2012-10-07 03:10:00 AM
the new discs, which played at 331/3 r.p.m., could hold about 22 minutes a side

someone needs to tell NY Times how to put spaces in the proper places.
 
2012-10-07 04:16:17 AM
later came the 'unbreakable LP' which you could bend the crap out of without damaging. among the very first titles off the press was the noteworthy work by George Carlin, 'Occupation: Foole', the first LP the Kritter ever bought. The title is a bit about his income tax return, where he lists his occupation as 'foole': "I spell it with an 'e' to piss 'em off".
 
2012-10-07 05:18:43 AM
Goodnight, fuzzyman.
 
2012-10-07 06:05:46 AM
A man quick to put a needle in your back.
 
2012-10-07 07:34:37 AM
I don't miss the sound quality, but I do miss the album covers (especially the double albums). The first LP I got was KISS Alive.
 
2012-10-07 07:36:08 AM
A long playing daddy plays all night long.Link
 
2012-10-07 10:00:42 AM
Dude who wrote this died? Burn in hell you fat old fark.
 
2012-10-07 10:03:04 AM
OK, Now with image working:

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Dude who wrote this died? Burn in hell fat old fark.

/jk it was worth a watch, a bizarre film about... something.
 
2012-10-07 05:58:23 PM
whar basemetal, whar daRog?
 
2012-10-08 03:14:21 AM
I just bought a record player. I have a bunch of my dad's old country records (you've probably never heard of them) and you can't get it on digital.
 
2012-10-08 11:38:49 AM

Rent Party: I just bought a record player. I have a bunch of my dad's old country records (you've probably never heard of them) and you can't get it on digital.


Ahh, so you mean real country, not twangpop. That's some good stuff.
 
2012-10-08 12:25:24 PM

cretinbob: Rent Party: I just bought a record player. I have a bunch of my dad's old country records (you've probably never heard of them) and you can't get it on digital.

Ahh, so you mean real country, not twangpop. That's some good stuff.


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That there is a 78RPM bit of wax. It is damn near impossible to find a record player that plays 78 and isn't either a plastic molded POS or a $1000 high end bit of audiophile porn.

Audio-Technica saved me.
 
2012-10-08 05:00:54 PM

strangeguitar: The first LP I got was KISS Alive.


Holy Christ, that sort of thing could have turned you off music forever.
 
2012-10-09 10:20:41 AM
From GrizzledVeteran's link: "Wallerstein decided that the development" [i.e. LP records] " itself could not be copyrighted..."

How things have changed - there was no mention of Columbia trying to patent the LP - they copyrighted the term 'LP', but not the technology. They didn't try to sue other companies (NBC, RCA) who began producing and selling their own LPs. They didn't try to prevent other companies from making record players.

Columbia invented a new, greatly improved, technology, and then made money by being competitve and not by trying to prevent other companies from using it.
 
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