May 18th, 2008

May 17 2008: Typewriter Chatter. My favourite writing machine, the Olympia Report de Luxe Electric Typewriter; Early 80's model. I will eventually record all my other typewriters, and both printing presses. Gear: Zoom H2 w/Builtin mics (See pic). WAV: 44.1/16bit.


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    lonemonk 11 years, 10 months ago

    C&P; Press circa 189x:


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    lonemonk 11 years, 10 months ago

    While I'm already contributing to my own comment section, I might as well reveal my personal philosophy on this general topic:

    What intriques me about typewriters (Electric or manual) is the fact that with immediate and permanent transcription, even if the power goes out, you still have ever letter up to the point where that happens. Since all machines eventually break-down, nothing stops one from moving that same piece of paper to another machine. Try THAT on a computer with no backup of the data!

    My Printing-press is another topic all-together and I will gush about that at another time. But, let it be known that this thing is so well-built that my great-great-great offspring will have to somehow deal with it! (try THAT with a modern computer)

    Just for the record, I am not *that* old (37), but I do agree with art lasting as long as possible under the circumstances. (Hence why I hope Freesound is around forever)

    Thanks all!

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    lonemonk 11 years, 10 months ago

    Hey thanks digi, I was hoping it would show up as a clickable in the description, but I forgot we discussed this already in the forums.

    Hammer: The recording machine is *about* 5 inches away from the typewriter, but due to the abgle of the photo this space may not be apparent.

    Carbon paper can still be obtained at most large office-supply reltailers. (In Canada this means Office Depot or Staples) Most Carbon-paper users wouldn't be type-writer people these days, but some people still use dot-matrix printers for invoices and they need carbon-copy paper to make a duplicate for internal records. I imagine one day (soon) it might become difficult to get new Carbon paper. (And I will then be very sad)

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    digifishmusic 11 years, 10 months ago

    BTW, if you put your links as comments they go live...


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    digifishmusic 11 years, 10 months ago

    Yup great sound. Thanks!

    Actually the 'young people' will recognize the sound, as the sound computers make when printing up text on the screen in movies! :)

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