Shawn Borri, is dedicated
to education, pertaining to the history of acoustic sound recording. We provide a hands on approach to learning.
We not only record cylinders, but build the acoustic recorders we use, make our own wax cylinder masters. Our lectures comprise
of live wax cylinder recording, a slide show of historical photographs, which provide a detailed look at the early recording
studios, artists, and manufacturing techniques, as well as the legal battles of the early days of sound recording.
We also demonstrate how sound recording has changed from Tinfoil-Digital.
On October 21st we provided a very
informative, and delightful presentation at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. We provided a slide show, playing
of historical sound recordings, and wax cylinder recording session. Many thank to DR. Mark Rubel, and the music
recording staff of Milikin for providing us this opportunity. We recorded Mr. Catfish, featuring
vocal, with Dobro guitar, it was really fun! Modern Jam rock band "The Infinity Room", comprised of 18 and 19 year old
students playing Bass guitar, Lead guitar, drums, and Thurman style key board. The full rock band came though well,
the acoustic process recorded everything, from the bass drum and bass guitar, to the high hats! The vocals you could swear
were recorded electrically, but they were not! We discussed the founding By-law Compact of The North American
Phonograph Co., and even had a TV interview for the local station.
"Of the more than 6,500 languages currently being spoken, in the
world, fewer than half are likely to survive the next century. Conservatorio de Lenguas Muertas (Dead Languages Conservatory)
is a project that explores the quick disappearance of dying languages, which function as symbols of the memory of different
languages. The project creates a symbolic museum of phonograph recordings of songs and texts of languages in extinction. Wax
cylinder recording, invented by Thomas Edison in the 1870s as the first method of recording is in itself an almost extinct
way of recording.
Exhibited at the San Juan Poli-Graphic Triennial (2004), Julia Friedman Gallery, New York (2005), The
Only Book, Center for Book Arts (2006), Cart(ajena), Cartagena, Colombia (2007), and Die Lucky Bush at the MUKHA, Antwerp
(2008) amongst many others." A very recent project with Pablo preserved the voice of Chief,Jones, Marie Smith: Last
fluent speaker of Eyak onto wax cylinder, and digital as well, so that Her voice and native toung will not be lost.
lectures, our prices are variable within logical means. Most run about $100.00 per hour, we do not charge for
the set up time, only for the recording and lecture time and $13.00 for each wax master we use . If the lectures
are out of the state of Illinois, hotel, travel expenses must be added, and this includes hotel, and travel expenses.