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Sample Rolls for Investigation and Discussion
By Wayne Stahnke


I have been following the discussion in the Digest about the quantization of popular rolls manufactured in the 1920s. There seems to be some disagreement about the nature of the quantization and its purpose.

It seems to me that the best way to gain more insight into this matter is to provide the participants with specific examples for investigation and discussion, which I am doing with this note.

Attached to this note you will find six files. These are:

     2573PUN.MID (Perforator control file for QRS Roll No. 2573),
2573PUN.ANN (Annotation file for QRS Roll No. 2573),
2573LYR.TXT (Lyric text file for QRS Roll No. 2573),

7258PUN.MID (Perforator control file for Licensee Roll No. 7258),
7258PUN.ANN (Annotation file for Licensee Roll No. 7258),
7258LYR.TXT (Lyric text file for Licensee Roll No. 7258).

QRS Roll No. 2573 is "California, Here I Come" by Jolson-DeSylva-Meyer, played by Max Kortlander, and issued in March, 1924. Licensee Roll No. 7258 is "I'm Sitting on Top of the World" by Henderson, played by Vee Lawnhurst.

Note that the two files with the .MID extension are not MIDI files. Instead, they are perforator control files (also called "master roll images") encapsulated in MIDI files to allow readers of the Digest to pull them up on their computer screens for viewing.

Please encapsulate all six of these files into a single .ZIP file and attach it to the Digest at your convenience. I hope these files will be useful for stimulating further discussion about the nature and purpose of quantization of popular music.

Best Regards,

Wayne Stahnke

[ Editor's Note: These files are attached below as a UUENCODED
[ zip file. I have also placed individual .ZIP files in the FTP archive:
[ These should prove to be interesting look at.
[ Jody

[ 14Apr96: Attachemnt removed due to transmission problems.

(Message sent Wed 10 Apr 1996, 18:17:02 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  Discussion, Investigation, Rolls, Sample

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