Sunday, March 2, 2014
Sunday, January 12, 2014
O.K. It's really all ersatz saccharin (this music is bland mediocrity). So when I worked at ABC (4151 Prospect Ave) in 1974, Lawrence Welk taped th Studio 55 - where "Let's Make a Deal" taped. his Dot and Coral days. I took mine to the shop in building 24, where I worked, and with a hot soldering iron etched "F*ck YOU, Larry!." I was laughing so hard that I couldn't spell out "Lawrence." I sent it back to "Larry" through interoffice mail. It made a hit. I understand he even tried to have the cellophane wrapper fingerprinted! Of course, all my union brothers (who were in the know) kept silent! The above was on OBVIOUS parody of Larry Welk... The above is even MORE obvious! Schmaltz Welk at his... best? "Songs of Faith." The show was on Saturday nights on ABC until 1971 when the network canceled the show; that year, it went into syndication with new episodes being produced until 1982. It was canceled because each and every performer - regardless of their talent or utter lack thereof - was paid union scale. And union scale was about $275 a week back then! In syndication, Welk had to pay each and every member of the band and so he took it "on the road" for 6 months out of the year to make enough money. During the winter months, he taped three episodes each Wednesday afternoon on the Prospect Ave. lot in Studio 55. To save time, the audience was changed only once - between the second and third show. While 'on the road,' Welk huxtered LPs from his Ranwood label for $5.95 - when you could buy one for under $3 in the typical brick-and-mortar record store. The records cost 15¢ to press and the sleeve was under 35¢. So who paid for the Lawrence Welk Show? The fools that flocked to his concerts and bought his not-so-cheap LPs. Oh yeah, he had 1 (one) gold record - Calcutta. Talk about GOLD RECORDs... 1966 (when I was a DJ spinning 45 RPM records) Point "A" is where KHOE used to be... BTW, there were 12 in the Lennon litter. The sisters went to work to help feed the family - and I am NOT kidding! 11 of the 12 are shown in the linked video. A Documentary about pressing a vinyl LP. "The "full dynamic range" of an LP was only 54 dB. First generation CDs only had a dynamic range of 72 dB. And second generation CDs - DDD - could top 84 dB. Any way you cut it (pun on vinyl), CDs are far superior. There is another secret. To get the cutting stylus to MOVE (overcome inertia - remember, an object at rest remains at rest...) an acceleration amplifier had to explode (expand) low level audio and crush (compress) the recorded sound from tape. This compression - expansion device is called a "compandor." A second film is HERE. The microscopic check confirms that adjacent grooves have not collided - thus destroying the master. Even older technology - How shellac records are made (1942) Current technology COULD capture 112dB (24 bit samples) and the full 20 KHz spectrum (using a 60 KHz sampling rate). However, updating CD technology would render previous CDs obsolete and reveal the noise floor of old studio tapes. More studio tape machines are listed HERE.
Friday, January 10, 2014
The Ludwig and Christina Welk Homestead is a farm located at 845 88th Street, South East in Strasburg, North Dakota. It is also known as the Lawrence Welk Birthplace. Who was Lawrence Welk? He is the man who cornered the market on "bland mediocrity." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AmkLzhO2l8 He is the man who turned "a beer band" into a "champagne orchestra." He was the beginner level guy that played Muskrat Ramble on the accordion with one finger - and few chords with the left hand. Lawrence Welk was to music what Iver Johnson was to Motoguzi. Barf bags are handed out when you enter the joint. HERE is a full show (Xmas 1959).
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Thursday, October 17, 2013
"Congressional Republicans conceded defeat on Wednesday in their bitter budget fight with President Obama over the new health care law as the House and Senate approved last-minute legislation ending a disruptive 16-day government shutdown and extending federal borrowing power to avert a financial default with potentially worldwide economic repercussions." 87 House Republicans voted to support the bill. Boehner's legislative analysts if he would like the dollar to be worth 20¢ or 25¢. That is a devaluation of 5:1 and 4:1 respectively. 4:1 devaluation is considered a 'soft landing.' In fact, the question was "Would you like the dollar to be worth 1¢ or a tiny bit more?"