Jim Alfredson

The Physicist Who's Saving the Music

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Fifteen years ago, while languishing in traffic between Berkeley, Calif., and Silicon Valley, Carl Haber tuned in to a radio interview with Mickey Hart, the former Grateful Dead drummer turned music preservationist. Dr. Haber, a particle physicist, listened as Mr. Hart discussed his concern over historic audio recordings that were deteriorating. “He was talking about how sound recordings are on these fragile materials,” Dr. Haber recalls. “So it was kind of a challenge, sort of a plea.”

Dr. Haber thought he could help. At the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he was developing equipment for the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, he had been using precision optical tools to measure devices that would help to track subatomic particles.

Read more: http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-physicist-whos-saving-the-music-1440169464

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Wish I could read the article, but I'm not a subscriber. Sounds like they're doing some good work with preserving the early formats for future music lovers.

The day will come when mint conditioned 1st pressings of BN and other labels will be scanned, 3-d printed and offered on demand. Wishful thinking?

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7 hours ago, Dmitry said:

The day will come when mint conditioned 1st pressings of BN and other labels will be scanned, 3-d printed and offered on demand. Wishful thinking?

Business opportunity!

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20 hours ago, Dmitry said:

The day will come when mint conditioned 1st pressings of BN and other labels will be scanned, 3-d printed and offered on demand. Wishful thinking?

That's more or less what the Japanese are doing today: offering 100 % exact repro copies of vintage Blue Note records (cover and vinyl; yes, even including the deep groove).

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