"In the early 80's I had recently moved to San Francisco and was hired
to do a tape synch with Chris Strachwitz, founder of Down Home Music and
Arhoolie Records, for Rachel Maurer's documentary on Border Radio. A
tape synch basically involves holding the microphone and getting a good
quality recording, in person, while someone else in another city who
wishes they could be there doing the interview but is unable to probably
because they are on a public radio budget and hires you because you're
lucky enough to live in that city and have your own audio equipment, and
you sit there listening to them ask questions on the phone as you mike
and record the interview.
Chris is a Polish born immigrant whose amazing taste was in part shaped
by border radio - the U.S. radio stations that were operating just
outside U.S. law and borders in Mexico. I was already an admirer and
collector of Arhoolie Records and of Chris' one-man band effort to
chronicle and capture so many aspects of the nations and even the
world's music. This one tape sync has lead to a long friendship and
collaboration - Countless conversations about every aspect of music and
archival recording, endless hours combing through Chris' vaults, musical
foraging trips to Louisiana, collaborating with Chris on 4 CD's for
Arhoolie. The first two Tejano Roots collections, a Light'n Hopkins
collection and a Freddie Fender anthology.
Fred McDowell with Chris Strachwitz
When it comes to music or food or politics, some of our deepest
passions, Chris is one of the most opinionated, critical and excitable
people we know. We could not have created Lost & Found Sound without his
wisdom, encyclopedic knowledge and archives." Davia Nelson, The
Doors of Perception
We were introduced to this site after Lost & Found Sound won the Radio
2000 Webby Award. A dynamic opening page with streaming video and audio
invites you into this forum where an internationally diverse group of
artists,scientists,designers, philosphers. Find out about some of the
people who are working on cultural projects that transform the way
organisations are perceived.
Yourwall is a Photography site that is not only an innovative gallery with
photographs but also a collection of interviews with the artists
discussing the narrative,the process and the content of their work.
Yourwall allows greater access for all of us through the medium of the
internet to see, hear and learn about the work of these artists.
more links to come...
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