Everyone - meet Steve. I met Steve on FLICKR, having put up some great photos he'd taken of places like The Alma before it got lost. He came on one of my tours a week back.
Is your copy on CD? If so, can you upload it to your PC as an mp3? REAL PLAYER can do this easily (or even WINDOWS MEDIA which every PC should have these days). If you can, e-mail it to me as an attachment and I'll do the rest.
__________________ Tour guides do it loudly in front of a crowd.
Other recordings of famous persons from that same evening (Oct. 5, 1888) as well as other noted rare recordings, including the world's oldest playable recording (1878) and a portion of the Handel concert can be found at http://cylindersontheweb.angelcities...recordings.htm
The Handel Festival is barely audible despite the chorus being 4000-strong. It is the most audible portion of the extant recording, however. Recorded June 29, 1888 at Crystal Palace. Who might have been there?
Did you know that the alarm was first sounded by local resident Henry Buckland that the Palace was afire on 30 November 1936? He and his daughter Crystal (named for the Palace) were out walking their dog and either noticed the fire or were alerted by someone who had.
I have to confess to being something of a Gilbert & Sullivan 'buff', both as listener and erstwhile (semi-pro) performer. My interest dates back to 1970, the first year in which I saw a performance of 'The Mikado' by the original D'Oyly Carte Company. I have been collecting G&S records for over thirty years, and have a number of rare 78s in my collection (including a few deemed not worthy enough to appear on the various compilation discs of the '70s & '80s). Unfortunately, I don't possess very much on CD, mainly because I strongly object to the sky-high prices charged by Decca for recordings made 40 - 50 years ago!
The Sullivan dubbing, unfortunately, is on good old vinyl, and I don't (yet) possess the correct equipment in order to transfer it to CD. Nevertheless, the link supplied by aspallek should serve well in the meantime, or until such time I can master the complexities of modern technology.
Philip (great guy!) mentioned my set of Ripper Walk photos posted to flickr: anyone interested in seeing them should be able to find them via this link:-
Personally, I don't think they're all that good, attributable to having been shot on poor quality film in the first place, plus my failing eyesight (I'm no spring chicken!). However, all photos are devoid of people and moving traffic, something of an accomplishment, I feel!
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Reason: Poor grammar!
Since I never had the means to play wax cylinders, I retained only one in my collection of recorded ephemera. It was a four minute compilation of Strauss waltzes, (rather like a four minute compilation of the best bits from Wagner's ring cycle!).
It came to grief after I got married 25 years ago when the new Mrs T. dropped it on the floor. I never did get to hear how it sounded!