Authentic Period Music is a sound you just can’t fake. The music was expensive to produce. Because music from the 40s and 50s used live orchestras, marching bands and jazz ensembles, large studios accommodating live musicians had to be booked. Novelty music like Slapstick, Vaudeville, Cartoon or Sci-Fi movie soundtracks utilized performers playing wacky instruments like theremins, slide whistles and jaw harps. An enormous amount of time and money went into the arrangements as well.
Then there is that unmistakable sound of early recordings. Since multitrack recording had not yet been developed, they recorded all in a room at the same time. The recording engineers tended to record with very few microphones (ribbon mics with tube preamps) and they recorded in mono. If they used more than one mic (and don’t assume that they did), the “mix” was made during tracking to a single mono track. The recording medium was probably something other than tape in the earlier 40s so it was probably direct to lacquer disc. 1947 was the time when tape was just starting to hit.
We are proud to house some of these archival gems. JW Media Music has a treasure trove of vintage recordings. We’ve put together a reel showcasing some of our favorites which you can see here:
We have hundreds of wonderful old recordings to listen to and license. Don’t settle for cheap reproductions or imitations. Give us a call or go to www.currentmusic.com and say hello!