I Can Hear You
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|song name||I Can Hear You|
|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||Factory Showroom, Dial-A-Song: 20 Years Of They Might Be Giants, John Henry + Factory Showroom|
|first played||February 2, 1997 (14 known performances)|
|sung by||John Flansburgh|
This track was recorded at the Edison Historic Site in West Orange, New Jersey on an Edison wax cylinder recorder. We performed this and other songs in front of a small audience, singing and playing acoustic instruments as loud as we could into a pair of enormous metal cones, the larger of which was perhaps twelve feet long, which fed the sound into a hundred year old non-electrical recording device created by Thomas Edison in the 1890s. The wax cylinder recorder carves a groove into a rotating tube of softened wax with a needle that is vibrating from the sound pressure collected at the small end of the cone. That is the best we can explain it. It looked very cool.
- According to this article, the wax cylinder recording method was inspired by Chris Butler of The Waitresses, who worked the drum machine on the Wiggle Diskette.
- The band recorded a millennium edition of this song, using the wax cylinder recorder, on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart's "Greatest Millennium" special on December 15, 1999.
- This is the only wax cylinder recording ever released on a studio album.
- Watch it on - Performed live into a wax cylinder on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart's "Greatest Millennium" special - December 15, 1999
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