Fine and Performing Arts Honors
Date of Award
Nathaniel J. Olson
Thesis Professor Department
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Nathaniel J. Olson, Daniel Boner
This paper is about my investigation of early bluegrass recording techniques and the processes they used. After doing some extensive research, and compiling a database of black and white photographs from the time period, I felt I had enough information to assemble a team to try and produce the sounds, tonal qualities, and energy those recordings have. So John Kornhauser, Joshua Gooding, Hunter Berry, Sarah Griffin, along with myself, went to BigTone studios and tracked for two four hour sessions. BigTone studios has all of the vintage microphones, tape recorders, echo chambers, and out board equipment I need to replicate the same signal chain that was used on the early recordings. After the recording process, I mixed and mastered the songs to match the early recordings as closely as possible. We also recorded one song at ETSU’s studio that was all digital with new equipment to show the differences in the sound of analog versus digital recording. I have included both so that you can listen to each and determine for yourself if there is an audible difference, and if that difference is worth pursuing.
East Tennessee State University
Honors Thesis - Withheld
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Hensley, Lincoln, "Investigating Early Bluegrass Recording Techniques" (2020). Undergraduate Honors Theses. Paper 597. https://dc.etsu.edu/honors/597
02 Crazy Arms (Hensley).mp3 (8339 kB)
03 Foggy Mountain Breakdown (Hensley).mp3 (6208 kB)
04 I Wonder Where You Are Tonight (Hensley).mp3 (8178 kB)
05 Out Of My Mind (Hensley).mp3 (7759 kB)
06 Johnny Lee's Leather Britches (Hensley).mp3 (2734 kB)
07 Welcome To The Club (Hensley).mp3 (7983 kB)
08 I Wonder Where You Are Tonight (Digital) (Hensley).mp3 (8137 kB)
This track was recorded digitally at ETSU's studio, unlike the others that were recorded at Bigtone Records.
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