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How a Columbia record is made 1928 Parts one & two



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How a Columbia record is made 1928

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How staggeringly labour-intensive it all was - and working with that fine powder with no breathing protection! No wonder they sold at a significant fraction of the average worker's weekly pay.

The recording studios are at 73/75 Petty France, a narrow street near St James' Park underground station. The site is now Clive House one of the buildings of the (Orwellian-sounding) Ministry of Justice. Columbia left there for HMV's Abbey Road studios in 1932, having merged with HMV in 1931 to create EMI.

It's a wonderful film. The dance band conductor has a look akin to Debroy Somers; and he's wearing sunglasses because of the glare of the film (arc) lights. Though, I doubt that the conductor really stood in the way of the Westrex carbon-button microphone atop its amplifier and power supply!

by 6dBperOctave 4 years ago

The only brand in recorded music to have survived from cylinder records to downloads.

by Clark Humphrey 3 years ago

Fantastic! I wonder if that was Percival Mackey's Band? Looks to be about 1925-27.. The old Columbia factory in Wandsworth I suppose.

by Alex McKenna 5 years ago

I wish they had use fireproof vaults in the universal fire in 2008 that destroyed hundreds of thousands of Master tapes! , Take note modern record pressers , they use GLOVES to handle the record's!

by Vinyl City 7 months ago

I downloaded an mp3 this morning. I understand it was manufactured in exactly the same way!

by AlanD96 3 years ago

That last bit...

*"Francesca, darling! I've just got the latest hit from the Savoy Orpheans: do let's put it on and Charleston ourselves into oblivion!"*๐Ÿคฃ

by Lucius1958 1 month ago

The process of sound recordings had been perfected by the 1920's yet movie films were still silent! Thanks for posting this good quality video of the sound recording process from the 1920's!

by Steve Hazzard 2 months ago

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by kds 8587 2 years ago

Wow! The way that a song is released is totally different from how it's done now. Then, It was Labor intensive, and took a lot of time and effort. Now, anyone could record a song on their phone, and release it to Spotify. Man, I'd love to live in the 20's and work at Columbia!

by MonoYah Music 1 year ago

Ehhh....Back in my day sonny, we made records like......

by Mike G 6 months ago

The girl at has a very grrrroovy little haircut. This has come back into style hasn't it?

by Mountain Man 2 months ago

The most surviving shellacs have massive shellac, no layers.

by Rob F 2 years ago

If I may ask, where is the source for this film?

by Garret Girmus 1 year ago

why did you put that Youtube creator music over the video?

by C Porter 11 months ago

how much were they for average person?...I wonder.FIRST BOOTLEGS WERE?...anyone?....twas Opera!

by paul Getty 9 months ago

Just a guess but I think one third of the workers you see have been through Ellis Island, one third are children of parents who have been through Ellis Island and one third have pre Civil War ancestors. Discuss and comment.

by Mountain Man 2 months ago

Columbia Records have a Cricket Club......! What?

by Mountain Man 2 months ago

It was the same principle as done till the 1990's. Only differences were, that they record the performance on tape first (this began in the 1940's in Germany) that they changed the material of the cutted disc to lacquer coated steel platters and later to copper discs (DMM process), that they enhanced the way to coat the recorded disc with a silver layer, the use of smaller grooves and the pressing in vinyl, what was possible, when customers stopped to want discs, that can be played without any electricity.

by Rob F 2 years ago

This looks like the English Columbia. If so, the studio was on Petty France in Westminster, London W1.
The film seems crude for 1928. And there is evidence of the acoustical recording. However Stravinsky's first recording were Petrushka and Firebird at Petty France in 1928 which authenticates this.

by Terry Harvey 1 year ago

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