Collection 2012-023 - Solar Audio Recording Studio Collection

Apology (we both could be wrong) : [rough mix of sound recording by Molly Oliver] Go back home : [rough mix of sound recording by Molly Oliver] Apology Go back home

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Solar Audio Recording Studio Collection

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  • Sound recording
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413 audio reels : 16 and 24 track ; 2 in. tape on 11 in. reel
6 audio reels : 2 track ; 1/4 in. tape on 14.5 in. reel
20 audio reels : 2 track ; 1/4 in. tape on 13 in. reel
291 audio reels : 2 track ; 1/4 in. tape on 11 in. reel
191 audio reels : 2 track ; 1/4 in. tape on 7 in. reel
25 audio reels : 2 track ; 1/4 in. tape on 5 in. reel
32 videocassettes : VHS
3 videocassettes : Betacam
1 videocassette : 8 mm

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Administrative history

Solar Audio & Recording Limited was a recording studio founded by Russ Brannon in 1975. The studio operated on Wyse Road in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and then on Hunter Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The company recorded hundreds of musicians and musical groups and, in the 1990s, moved into post audio for film and television productions. Solar Audio was not a record label, but many artists who self-released records that recorded and mixed at the studio used the studio’s name.

In 1986, Solar Audio & Recording Limited was sued by Sound Images, Incorporated, a recording studio based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sound Images purchased a sound console from Solar Audio and sued the company in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia when the console could not be installed as planned. Associate Chief Justice Ian H. M. Palmeter dismissed the charges after concluding that "something happened to the console after the time it was shipped by Solar to Cincinnati."

Custodial history

Collection was donated by Thom Fitzgerald in 2012.

Scope and content

Collection contains sound recordings made at the former Solar Audio Recording Studio.

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  • English
  • French

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Many sound recordings in this collection have been released on commercial recordings. See file- and item-level descriptions for more information on availability of other formats. Additional information is not comprehensive; it is added as it becomes known to the Dalhousie University Archives.

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Further accruals are not expected.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Solar Audio Recording Studio Collection, 2012-023, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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