The news from July 14, 2012 ...
A new Elvis Presley recording has been discovered and played online and we have the video and audio for you. The song is I Forgot To Remember To Forget from a Louisiana Hayride performance in 1955. The recording is said to be audio taped from a TV broadcast, just audio the actual film does not exist.
The video is of 'wire recorder' playing, we have two versions for you, one with just the song the other the complete video with an explanation as to the origins of the tape and how it was recorded.
You can now Listen to a sample of the remastered sound by MRS
Video : I Forgot To Remember To Forget : (03:23)
Video : View the full video with the story of the tape : (07:16)
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Wire recording is a type of analog audio storage in which a magnetic recording is made on thin steel or stainless steel wire. The wire is pulled rapidly across a recording head which magnetizes each point along the wire in accordance with the intensity and polarity of the electrical audio signal being supplied to the recording head at that instant. By later drawing the wire across the same or a similar head while the head is not being supplied with an electrical signal, the varying magnetic field presented by the passing wire induces a similarly varying electric current in the head, recreating the original signal at a reduced level.
Magnetic wire recording was replaced by magnetic tape recording, but devices employing one or the other of these media had been more or less simultaneously under development for many years before either came into widespread use. The principles and electronics involved are nearly identical. Wire recording initially had the advantage that the recording medium itself was already fully developed, while tape recording was held back by the need to improve the materials and methods used to manufacture the tape.