[f_minor] Howard Scott dies age 92

maryellen jensen maryellenjensen28 at hotmail.com
Mon Oct 8 15:51:24 MDT 2012

Way back in the archives of this List, Mary Jo Watts engages in a small discussion with Howard Scott who contacted
F Minor with the help of his wife (if I remember correctly). 

Karl, Mary Jo - can you please zero in on the dates of said "discussion"?


From: bobmerk at earthlink.net
To: f_minor at glenngould.org
Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2012 03:22:05 -0400
Subject: Re: [f_minor] Howard Scott dies age 92

Not the slightest wish to detract 
from the work of Howard Scott, but most credit for the creation 
of the 33 1/3 rpm LP (Long-Playing) vinyl analog record goes to the 
Hungarian-born USA engineer and engineering executive for Columbia, 
Peter Carl Goldmark (1906-1977). 
Legend has it friends invited him to their 
NYC apartment to listen to a new recording of a classical symphony, and the loud 
and intrusive mechanical interruptions of the changing of the 78 rpm discs at 
"wrong" moments of the symphony drove Goldmark nuts. The next morning he 
assembled his engineering team at Columbia and told them they were going to 
invent a new format with huge improvements in music fidelity and length of play 
per side.
Goldmark was killed in a car accident and 
didn't live to hear SONY's digital CD format (its length chosen to fit 
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Ode to Joy, a piece of Western music beloved 
by Japanese fans).
A cult of Vinyl Analog True Believers 
still exists, convinced that all digital music formats are a degenerate 
corruption of musical fidelity, an assault on the human music-loving ear. The 
Vinyl Audio Cult is strong enough to keep the manufacture of high-end audiophile 
vinyl LPs (and high-end turntables) in business today.
Where you find Vinyl Analog Cultists, you 
will also find Vacuum Tube/Valve audiophile stereo equipment cultists, who 
believe music reproduced through solid-state electronics severely damages and 
reduces the reproduction of musical harmonic tones. (The vacuum tubes for 
audiophile equipment are manufactured either in Russia or the Peoples Republic 
of China -- a legacy of their Cold War low-tek.)
One common critique of these expensive 
music reproduction obsessives is that they can prove they are scientifically and 
acoustically correct: Analog vinyl music amplified through vacuum tube equipment 
reproduces music in far superior fidelity -- but you have to be a German 
shepherd or Chihuahua to perceive the superior quality of the 

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  To: Discussion of the Canadian pianist Glenn 
  Sent: Sunday, October 07, 2012 8:50 
  Subject: Re: [f_minor] Howard Scott dies 
  age 92
Hi Pat,

  In this country not many people pay attention to classical music.  A 
  very tiny few. And nobody knows any birthdays or dates of death of ANY of 
  them.  A few people know about GG, but they know little about him. 
   It just can't be helped.  Time marches on.

  Fond regards,

  On Sun, Oct 7, 2012 at 2:27 PM, Pat <pzumst at bluewin.ch> wrote:

    Indeed,  thanks to David Pelletier
    ( OT: Please note that there is at least one mistake in this article. 
    The first CD was introduced in October 1982 and not 1978 as the article 
    claims. What’s it with journalistic standards these days ? Does Research 
    equal Copy/Paste nowdays ? And that with the NYT ! )
    From: David Pelletier 
    Sent: Sunday, October 07, 2012 8:11 PM
    To: Discussion of the 
    Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. 
    Cc: Discussion of the 
    Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. 
    Subject: Re: [f_minor] GG on DRS2, german radio 
    Howard Scott died yesterday 

Sent from my iPhone

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