I was a bit puzzled by a comment Ravel made on my Josephine Taylor post. He liked the song, but thought the sound quality was awful. Well, I thought, I know the record wasn’t exactly nice and minty but I was pleased with the way the music for the most part drowned out any slight crackle. Checking out Ravel’s blogger profile I noticed 78rpm record collecting was a listed interest – so he should be used to a bit of crackle and hiss I thought.
So I played the mp3 I had created and found that Ravel was right, it sounded pretty nasty. Hmmm.
After some head scratching and frantic googling I worked out that I had somehow managed to mess up my recording software’s settings and created a mismatch between my MPEG version and sampling frequency (dontcha know!). So I was using MPEG1 encoding with a sampling frequency of 11.025 kHz which is designed only for use with MPEG 2.5. I was sort of aware of these various settings but until now hadn’t appreciated their significance.
If this has in any way aroused the geek in you (as you can see it did with me), Wikipedia, as usual, is your friend.
On my Feel It CC post the Josephine Taylor track has been refreshed and now sounds a lot better. So revisit it if you want.
Back on the subject of Josephine Taylor for a moment I notice that I just beat Sir Shambling to the punch (by 3 days) on featuring the "Depend On Me" song. I was excited when I saw that SS had posted JT as I thought I might find out some more about her. But it seems even the great John Ridley has been unable to track down any substantial background on her. He mentioned the excellent book by Robert Pruter "Chicago Soul". I bought this book only recently and even this seemingly exhaustive document on the Soul music that came out of the Windy City mentions her only twice in passing. So once again, if anybody can fill in any background on Josephine Taylor I would be interested to know.
Right. This little episode put me right off my stroke, but I can start posting again now. Be with you soon.
Mostly vinyl, mostly a private pleasure - until now.
Music posted here I have bought and gained much pleasure from listening to down the years (or months, or days!). So in the spirit of an 'all back to mine' it's time to share it.
DISCLAIMER: If you hear something you like I urge you to seek it out and purchase it in your format of choice. Mp3s found here are posted for a limited time and are for illustrative and previewing purposes only. If you are the creator or copyright holder of any material posted and object to it's appearance on this blog then please email me at darcyfeelit (at) blueyonder.co.uk and it will be removed forthwith.