Monday, November 7, 2011

Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc. (1958)

Continuing on with the sound theme, here's one with the ill communication from Ma Bell that gets right down to the real nitty gritty of how sound works. The description on the cover says that the record was produced "as an aid in understanding how sound is put to work for the benefit and pleasure of man." So not so much Sonic Warfare happening here. More like the entertaining roars of racing cars, selections from Pictures at an Exhibition and your standard stereo test sounds.

I like how most of the label is centered up, real clean and balanced. Always kinda cool to see the word "microgroove" printed. The left-justified track titles are straight-forward, I prefer the b-side with "Echo and Reverberation" and "Delay Distortion." Oh wait, phone is ringing, oh my god.


  1. Is this the same record that Folkways released?

  2. From what I can tell, there is some Folkways material on this (notes say that the sounds of racing cars on "The Doppler Effect" were recorded by Folkways). But there are credits to Boosey and Hawkes, Carl Fischer and some other companies I'm not familiar with.