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Saturday, October 3, 2015

New Additions to the Shunryu Suzuki Audio archive

We have added 217 re-digitized audio files to the archive. They've all had sound work to reduce the background noise and bring out the voice. In most cases the quality of the audio has been improved. Where possible files that were previously split into two or more parts have been combined into one file. A lot of sections that were not Suzuki speaking have been cut. The files are identified as "audio-2015" on "More Files" pages of Shunryu Suzuki dot com.

Thanks to Charlie Wilson for the digitizing and noise reduction and to Peter Ford for extensive subsequent work to get them named and presented correctly and in accordance with our archiving procedures. Work on some of the more serious sound problems and a bit of new transcribing is next. This digitizing was done from the reel to reel masters made by Mark Watts around the turn of the century. There are around seventy-six missing reels from the work Mark did. But we did have those digitized from the master cassettes back in 2008 and that whole set is also in the audio archive. Wonder where those are. I haven't tried to find out. Nobody knows where anything is or what happened - lame excuse. As Philip Whalen said, "Just enough survives." - dc