Collection Descriptive Notes:
These recordings were made by E.P. Hamp in Vaccarizzo Albanese (Cosenza Province) in July-August 1952 and consist of interviews, phonological elicitations, poetic recitations, conversations and songs. (An interview with the villagers of nearby Mbuzati (San Giorgio Albanese) is also included.)
Collection Technical Notes:
The present set of recordings consists of 1) thirteen original field recordings on seven-inch reels; 2) a set of back-ups, also on seven-inch reels, of Tapes 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13 & 14; and six more back-ups (Nos. 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 & 10) that were wound off onto four pancakes. (There is no Tape 12.) In Vaccarizzo the tape recorder (an Ampro-Tape?) was operated by Mrs. Margot Hamp. When the recordings are played back at “normal” speed, they sound too fast on account of the fact that the Hamps' machine was set for the 60-cycle current used in the USA but was operated on the 50-cycle current used in Europe. JJT re-digitized the recordings in December 2015, using the original tapes and definitively re-adjusting the "speed" to restore the natural sound of the voices. The WAVE files are now converted to MP3s.
Hamp, Eric P., and native consultants