Fonds RC0199 - Vista Productions fonds

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Vista Productions fonds

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  • 1968-1978 (Creation)

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2.1 m of textual records, graphic material and sound recordings.

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Vista Productions was a small English recording company begun and directed by Michael Smythe (1932-1979). Most of Smythe’s recordings were of organ music, though he also recorded choral music and some chamber music. Although he did issue many of his recordings on his own labels, first Progress and then Vista, he also recorded for the larger companies: E.M.I, RCA, Decca and others. Smythe became well known for his authentic and natural-sounding recordings of the organ, all of which were done with a single microphone and very little editing.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, eight drawers of index cards containing information about Smythe’s recordings, contracts and agreements, invoices, articles by Smythe, programmes, catalogues and other printed materials, photographs, and audio discs.

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Fonds was acquired in 1980 from Colin Smythe.


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