Any recordists living close to Philadelphia, USA looking for a nice recording opportunity?

This is in the online edition of the NY Times today:


Quite sad but maybe at the same time a great possibility to record some crazy sounds.

Of course there's already a great 'Tortured Piano' library by Tim Prebble, but what these people are doing looks a step beyond.

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    @Jorg010, great heads-up! This is the type of event any sound recordist/designer should definitely seek out and make happen. Should involve some co-ordination with the people involved in the operation to insure maximum safety as well as best possible mic placements. Commented Jul 30, 2012 at 16:15
  • @Jay Jennings, yes, that's what I also thought about this opportunity. I'm in northern Europe so a recording trip to Philadelphia is unfortunately out of my reach unless I have a very specific need for these sounds in a production. But otherwise I would be very interested in the results of other recordists who might be able to pull this off because they have the chance.
    – Jorg010
    Commented Sep 19, 2012 at 15:15

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I like this idea, a lot. I'm in the northern Philly suburbs, too, so I might just be able to make it happen. It'll take some coordination, but thanks!

  • It would be great of you could make this recording happen! Please keep us updated.
    – Jorg010
    Commented Sep 19, 2012 at 15:12
  • @Jorg010 Will do!
    – Alex Cole
    Commented Sep 21, 2012 at 18:34

boy, that youtube vid linked in the article WAS hard to watch! piano's didn't sound like much coming out of the truck either.

kind of sad.


Ouch that was painful to watch considering a lot of working pianos meet such a cruel fate. You think there would be a business that would buy these piano's from them repair them and sell them onwards.

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