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AES Hosts Wax Cylinder Recording Session At Edison Museum

Suzanne Vega Cuts New Side On State of The Art Technology (Circa 1878) (February 16, 2012)
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Suzanne Vega Cuts New Side On State of The Art Technology (Circa 1878)

The age of ear buds and mp3 downloads has eclipsed many ?traditional recording technologies, on Friday, February 10, Suzanne Vega record a live performance directly to Wax Cylinder.  Co-hosted by Audio Engineering Society Education Committee Chair John Krivit and NY Section member David Bialik, the event  saw 30 Bay State College students and faculty members bus from Boston to the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange, NJ to audit this authentic 1888-style recording session.

Long relegated to the pages of audio obsolescence, Thomas Edisons Wax Cylinders were the first popular format for music (and spoken word) distribution. The initial link in an evolutionary chain that stretches from lacquer LPs to vinyl 45 RPM singles to 8 track tapes and CDs, they thrived from 1878 until 1909 when they were replaced by discs.

?Weve held similar demonstrations in Boston, and theyve proved an excellent way to illustrate the creative relationship between physical science and recording, John Krivit says.  ?Its not coincidental that Ms. Vega performed her iconic Toms Diner hit for our demo, Krivit points out.  ?Her original 1987 a capella version was used as a reference standard by audio engineering innovator (and AES member), Karlheinz Brandenburg in his development of the mp3 process.

Photo:  Suzanne Vega recently recorded a live performance directly to Wax Cylinder





The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers.  The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East.  The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry.  For additional information visit


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