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Este Gyere Késő Este

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Published on May 9, 2012

The history behind these songs and videos are as follows: Irma Zeisky, my dear deceased Mother, who also sings the Hungarian National Anthem (Magyar Himnusz) for which I, in her name, received many nice comments, and questions as to whether I have more songs from her, these songs are a reply to those who wished to hear more from her.

With the help of my 1967 piano accompaniment, two cheap mono microphones each for her vocal on one stereo track and the other for the piano, one day we sat down and decided to preserve on a Reel to Reel (Sony) taperecorder some Hungarian Folk Songs. At the time we only did one or two verses of each song, which later both of us regretted, for I had to loop or double up these songs to make them long enough to fit some of the pictures composing each video segment.

Needless to say, the quality was not pro by any means, for one, the microphone quality and cost was within my summer jobs budget only, since I was still going to high school at the time at age 17. Further, the tape deck, even at the then considered Hi-Fi standard of quarter inch running at 7.5 inches per second was not the ultimate studio quality as now even the most inexpensive digital recorders run circles around the old analog recorder tape hiss results.

And finally, the piano itself was a second hand, tiny little Winter Musette Spinet, which was nothing to write home about as compared to a Steinway Grand or a Roland Digital Grand, since it had a tendency to go out of tune easily even after numerous tunings, but I was lucky, that my Parents, who emmigrated from Hungary bringin me with them in 1957 after the Hungarian Revolution, could even afford to buy me that, and send me for piano lessons! I still remember my Father's voice "Son we are not getting a B/W television until first we can get you a piano to practice on!"

So the recording of these Hungarian Folk Songs was born.... However, as years passed and my collection of pro recording equipment grew, and finally the advent of digital music and sound editing software on fast home PC's, after building from kit, a WERSI Alpha 350 Digital Organ from Germany in the 1980's .. the advent of digital sampling of acoustic instruments ... I over recorded the tiny spinet and out of tune soundtrack with the digital WESI capable of orchestral sounds, and modified the vocal track with equalization, hiss removal and stereo reverb, on a DAT recorder .. which was eventually transferred to the PC using Sony Sound Forge software, and ended up with the final results you will listen to on these videos.

It is a tremendously wonderful keepsake to have even this much of my Mother's singings and voice, with one song where even my Father chimed in on 'Gyermekem O Aludj Már' which was a lullaby song they used to sing to me when I was a baby and small child.

I hope you all enjoy them as much as I enjoy having them, listening to them, and posting them to YouTube.

Zoltán

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