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Solar Audio Recording Studio Collection
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- Sound recording
- Textual record
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[ca. 1975] - [ca. 2003] (Creation)
- Solar Audio & Recording Limited
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60 m of sound recordings
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Solar Audio & Recording Limited was a recording studio founded by Russ Brannon in 1975. The studio operated on Wyse Road in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and then on Hunter Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The company recorded hundreds of musicians and musical groups and, in the 1990s, moved into post audio for film and television productions. Solar Audio was not a record label, but the studio's name was used by many artists who self-released records that were recorded and mixed at the studio.
In 1986, Solar Audio & Recording Limited was sued by Sound Images, Incorporated, a recording studio based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sound Images purchased a sound console from Solar Audio and sued the company in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia when the console could not be installed as planned. Associate Chief Justice Ian H. M. Palmeter dismissed the charges after concluding that "something happened to the console after the time it was shipped by Solar to Cincinnati."
Records were donated to Dalhousie University Archives by Thom Fitzgerald in accession (2012-023) in 2012.
Scope and content
Collection contains sound recordings made at the former Solar Audio Recording Studio on Cunard Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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Many sound recordings in this collection have been released on commercial recordings. See file- and item-level descriptions for more information on availability of other formats. Additional information is not comprehensive; it is added as it becomes known to the Dalhousie University Archives.
Restrictions on access
There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Dalhousie University Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.
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Description comes from the Dalhousie University Archives Catalog. The complete, original description is available there.