This week’s found sound recording comes from another Voice-O-Graph record.
The Gang: The Chicken
According to the handwritten info on the label, it was recorded on August 30th, 1958 by “The Gang” and addressed to Marvin S. Sprong.
“The Gang” seems to be a group of Marvin’s friends who recorded this while on vacation. Unfortunately, the beginning of their spoken intro is cut off because they started speaking before the recording kicked in, so we’re missing some back story.
Marvin Sprong was a barber whose shop was at Barton Street and Fruitland Road in Hamilton, Ontario (I know this because of a mimeographed flyer that was tucked inside the record sleeve).
Earlier this week I watched Jean-Luc Godard’s Masculin Féminin (1966) and was delighted to see a Voice-O-Graph type recording being made by the Jean-Pierre Léaud character.
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Léaud walks into recording booth (next to a photo booth in a bowling alley), inserts 2 francs…
records his message to his girlfriend for 90 seconds…
Every Friday (more or less) I dip into my audio archives to pull out a “found sound” recording – unique, one-off documents, made by amateurs, usually for a very small, select audience of family or friends, on a variety of recording media including record blanks and kids’ “record your own voice” cassettes.
I found this small (6″) unlabeled 45 RPM Voice-O-Graph “voice letter” in the envelope below, sandwiched between two pieces of stiff cardboard. The sound quality is pretty poor, as you’d expect from a record that’s a piece of cardboard coated with a thin layer of plastic or shellac. I EQ’d it a bit to make it more listenable. Seems to be in German. Can anyone translate?