Happy Birthday, Moe!
Friday, December 2, 2011,
would have been the 106th birthday of Folkways Records founder Moses
Asch, who released 2,168 albums on the label during his life (an
average of one per week!).
sound production supervisor Pete Reiniger recently dusted off one of
Moe’s studio microphones, a Western Electric "Birdcage" model
(available from 1938 to 1949) that was likely used on many of the
recordings in the small, one-room Folkways Records studio. We’re pleased
to say that not only does it still work, but it sounds great!
Listen to the poem “Yaku Taki” from Hatun Kotama, an
upcoming album of Kichwa
music from Ecuador. The Western Electric microphone was used to record
the English translation - listen to the end of the track to hear it!
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Asch caricature, 1953
Gover, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American
Indian, recording on Smithsonian Folkways’ Western
Electric “Birdcage” microphone.