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Kashmiri Song

Recently I acquired a record turntable and have been transcribing all my old 78s into digital form. The turntable is fairly primitive, but allows output to a memory stick, which means that I am able to transfer the recordings very easily to my PC.

The raw output from the turntable is very harsh, and includes all the hisses and clicks commonly found on 78s. I use Audacity software to process the recordings, using the advice in the Audacity manual.

I present for comparison a recording of Amy Woodforde-Finden's "Kashmiri Song" both before and after processing. The aim is to reduce the surface noise without muffling the music, and also without completely removing the "feel" of it being an old 78 record.

Amy Woodforde-Finden is best known as the composer of the song cycle "Four Indian Love Lyrics", of which this is one, a setting of a poem by Adela Florence Nicolson writing as "Laurence Hope".

Kashmiri Song, "Before"

Kashmiri Song, "After"

Here are some links to Wikipedia pages about Amy Woodforde-Finden and Adela Florence Nicolson

Pale hands I loved beside the Shalimar,
Where are you now? Who lies beneath your spell?
Whom do you lead on Rapture's roadway, far,
Before you agonise them in farewell?
Pale hands I loved beside the Shalimar,
Where are you now? Where are you now?

Pale hands, pink-tipped, like Lotus buds that float
On those cool waters where we used to dwell,
I would have rather felt you round my throat
Crushing out life, than waving me farewell!
Pale hands I loved beside the Shalimar,
Where are you now? Where are you now?