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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

I heard "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" today and wondered at the bizarre myth (endorsed by Eno) that recording artists didn't begin to think about the recording studio as a self-standing medium distinct from the performance of music until the psychedelic '60s.

Long before Ross Bagdasarian (a/k/a David Seville) had his # 1 Hit in 1958 and sold millions of records, people were manipulating tapes and overdubbing and playing with alternative balances that were impossible to duplicate live, all the way back in the '20s.

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