Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Bill Savory, October 2, 1999

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:04 - Introduction

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Partial Transcript: Was it still an active church?

Segment Synopsis: Bill Savory talks about converting a church to a recording studio.

Keywords: Bachman, Bill; Baffles; Columbia Records; Faith, Percy; Laico, Frank; Lieberson, Goddard; Liederkranz Hall; Reprise Records; Sinatra, Frank (Artist)

Subjects: Columbia Records, Inc.; History of science and technology; Music; Record labels.; Reprise Records (Firm); Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History

00:06:08 - Photography at recording sessions

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Partial Transcript: You know, I found--I ca--I interviewed Phil Ramone and he told me about a--that Fred was a photographer.

Segment Synopsis: Savory discusses various sound engineers and recording professionals, and photography at recording studios.

Keywords: Capote, Truman; Einstein, Albert; Janek, Tony; Maugham, William Somerset; Miller, Mitch; Plaut, Fred

Subjects: History of science and technology; Music; Photography.; Ramone, Phil; Record labels.; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History

00:09:21 - Flat and curved reflectors

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Partial Transcript: But anyway, get--to get back to what you were talking about: the, the parabolic reflectors.

Segment Synopsis: Savory talks about how baffles are used to control reverberation in recording spaces.

Keywords: Acoustic isolation panels; Baffles; Echo (reverberation) chambers; Gobos; Isolation booths; Juilliard String Quartet

Subjects: History of science and technology; Music; Record labels.; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History

00:16:45 - Acquaintance with Bob Fine

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Partial Transcript: Um, did you know Bob Fine?

Segment Synopsis: Savory talks about his professional acquaintance with sound engineer Bob Fine.

Keywords: Eastman School of Music; Fine, Bob; Goodman, Benny; White, Burt

Subjects: Fine, Robert; History of science and technology; Music; Record labels.; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History

00:20:16 - Recording Industry Association of America

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Partial Transcript: I used to play in, in a rock band when I was in junior high school--(laughs)--in fact.

Segment Synopsis: Savory talks about Bob Fine and Mercury Records. He also talks about the founding of the Recording Industry Association of America.

Keywords: Bachman, Bill; CBS Records, Incorporated; Decca Records; Fine, Bob; Light, Enoch; Mercury Records; Radio Corporation of America (RCA); Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)

Subjects: Capitol Records, Inc.; Decca Records (Firm); History of science and technology; Light, Enoch, 1905-1978; Music; Radio Corporation of America. RCA Victor Record Division; Record labels.; Recording Industry Association of America; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History