The creators of the 1970 Campanile looked beyond the typical yearbook layout and instead tried to capture Rice from a different perspective. Items in the box include posters, essays of senior experiences, cartoons, poems, and a record. While most of the items in the box represent Rice visually, the record transmits the sounds of the campus. For those who have not heard it, sides A and B consist of pop music samples with news segments from KTRU and national news.
Using the Digital Media Commons‘ (DMC) equipment, I recently digitized the record. I used their Audio-Technica record player and Audacity software. After placing the record on the player, all I had to do was adjust the sound levels, and then press record. It was that easy. The DMC is open to the public and has helpful staff, so feel free to digitize that old record of yours.
Now, let’s move on to the results. Here is a section from side A*.
Here is Walter Cronkite‘s sign off at the end of side B.
If you are not lucky enough to own a 1970 Campanile record and a record player, you can come to the Woodson to listen to the two tracks in their entirety.
*If you feel that this snippet violates your copyright, please let us know and we will happily take it down.