[78-L] Playing reels backwards -PS

Malcolm malcolm at 78data.com.invalid
Mon Feb 8 11:24:00 PST 2016

Hmmm... and all this time I thought flanging was the art of dragging 
ones thumb along the outer edge of a 10.5" tape reel to slow down the 
playback a little. It was used near the beginning of Little Richard's 
"Keep A Knockin'" on Specialty 611. This record was manufactured in the 
studio from a fragment which had been recorded live. That would have 
been sometime in mid-1957.
Whether instances of flanging pre-dates this instance is unknown to me.


On 2/8/2016 9:06 AM, David Lennick wrote:
> "Tired of laboriously re-recording dual vocal tracks, John Lennon asked [Ken] Townsend if there was some way for the Beatles to get the sound of double-tracked vocals without doing the work. Townsend devised Artificial Double Tracking or ADT. According to historian Mark Lewisohn, it was Lennon who first called the technique "flanging". Lennon asked George Martin to explain how ADT worked, and Martin answered with the nonsense explanation "Now listen, it's very simple. We take the original image and we split it through a double vibrocated sploshing flange with double negative feedback".[3] Lennon thought Martin was joking. Martin replied, "Well, let's flange it again and see". From that point, when Lennon wanted ADT he would ask for his voice to be flanged, or call out for "Ken's flanger".
> >From the wackypackia article. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flanging
> dl
>> Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 13:28:23 -0500
>> To: 78-l at klickitat.78online.com
>> From: dlh at donnahalper.com.invalid
>> Subject: Re: [78-L] Playing reels backwards -PS
>> This conversation brings back some memories.  Do any of you recall a
>> technique that was popular in the late 50s and into the 60s called
>> "phasing" or "flanging"-- I believe this was done by playing two copies
>> of the same song on two turntables but playing one slightly slower, such
>> that it created a sweeping and almost majestic sort of sound effect,
>> like a jet plane taking off.  I believe "The Big Hurt" by Miss Toni
>> Fisher features this technique. We used to have contests when I was in
>> college radio, to see who could do it the best -- "Satisfaction" by the
>> Rolling Stones was the most popular song to apply phasing to at my
>> college station.
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