Hawaiian Shadows Radio Shows by Norman Brokenshire

Norman Brokenshire in 1953

Norman Brokenshire in 1953

Hawaiian Shadows radio shows by Norman Brokenshire are now online at the Hawaiian Music Collection. This collection of forty-five recordings from the 1930s include “Moanalua-Hawaiian Waltz,” “Kuu Ipo I Ka Hee Pue One,” and “Aloha Oe.”

Songs were digitized from original analog formats from the Hawaiian Music Collection in the Sinclair Library Wong Audiovisual Center using the following equipment and software:
1. Technics/KAB Custom SL1200 2A with multiple styli
2. Elberg MD12 MK2 78rpm and RIAA Record Preamplifier
3. Motu UltraLite Audio Interface with Avid Pro Tools

A recording label from the collection

4. Waves Restoration Bundle
5. M-Audio BX5A Studio Monitors with SBX Subwoofer
6. VPI-HW-17F Record Cleaner
7. Mac Pro Computer
8. Glyph 1TB External Hard Drive

The following were the procedures for preparing the recordings for upload:

  1. Initial cleanup of the phonodiscs was performed with the VPI record cleaner.
  2. The signal was run from the KAB SL1200 into the Elberg MD12 where EQ was applied before passing through the Motu.
  3. The digital sound file was recorded to the external hard drive via the Mac Pro with Pro Tools in a 24bit/96KHZ file configuration.
  4. The Waves restoration package was used to remove noise and other obtrusive sound (hiss, pop) before being saved to 128kbps MP3 files for online access.

UH Manoa Library media specialist Jim Hearon led this effort, with the assistance of library reference interns Ryan Choi and Ashley Kajioka and undergraduate students Kurt and Kari Noe. These students digitized the materials, conducted research and data entry, and created the StreetPrint records.

Mahalo to the Sinclair Library Wong Audiovisual Center, the Hamilton Library Hawaiian Collection, and Desktop Network Services (especially Department Head Martha Chantiny).

Hawaiian Shadows Radio Shows by Norman Brokenshire

Wikipedia Article about Normal Brokenshire

Hawaiian Music Collection

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