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Author Topic: AES Historical Committee now hosting Schoenherr's Recording Technology History  (Read 2866 times)

Jim Sam

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I figure some might be interested in learning that the AES Historical Committee is now hosting the Recording Technology History website, formerly hosted by UCSD. Apologies to anyone that's already seen this on the HC or Ampex email lists.

Copying the AES introduction:


Recording History Technology

    The most awesome (and I don't use that word lightly) website for "Recording Technology History"  was created and maintained for many years by Dr. Steven Schoenherr, Professor of History at University of California at San Diego. His site was formerly "history.sandiego.edu/gen/recording/notes". So I was distressed
recently when I found that it was "404" -- not found. On digging around a little, I found Dr Schoenherr, and asked if we might host his site at the Audio Engineering Society's "Historical Committee" site.

He replied:

    "Thank you for taking over the hosting of this website. I started
the Recording Technology History site in Dec. 1994 at the University
of San Diego when the Department of History went online. At that time,
there were only 2 other history departments in the world listed in the
Yahoo index of History Institutes (Saskatchewan and Rochester). With
the help of students, I integrated web pages into my history classes
and found the web to be useful in presenting primary documents, both
text and audiovisual. I also used the web pages to publish my research
on Bing Crosby, William Randolph Hearst, Charles Sumner Tainter,
newsreels and film sound. Primary documents and images and recordings
were published on the web site from Bell Labs, the Smithsonian
National Museum of American History, and the Edison National Historic
Site. The history department web site outgrew several servers,
reaching a high point in May 2002 of 180,000 hits per day. I retired
in 2007 after teaching 30 years at the University of San Diego, and am
happy to pass on the Recording Technology History site to a new server
at the AES."
    Some of the links are now dead -- we have only an apology for
that. We would appreciate any information that you can supply for
updating them.

    Jay McKnight, Chair Emeritus, AES Historical Committee, 2012-08-13

AES HC link: http://www.aes.org/aeshc/
Recording Technology History direct link:

Might I add that any time one comes across a dead link, I highly suggest consulting the Internet Archves' Way Back Machine.  It's a hit or miss that they'll have it, but it's worth a shot.

Happy reading!


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What a great resource!!  Thanx for sharing!!
CN Fletcher

mwagener wrote on Sat, 11 September 2004 14:33
We are selling emotions, there are no emotions in a grid

"Recording engineers are an arrogant bunch
If you've spent most of your life with a few thousand dollars worth of musicians in the studio, making a decision every second and a half... and you and  they are going to have to live with it for the rest of your lives, you'll get pretty arrogant too.  It takes a certain amount of balls to do that... something around three"
Malcolm Chisholm

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Cool, while each paragraph could fill a chapter in a full history.

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