A cache of reel-to-reel audio tapes, made by the Learning from Las Vegas research group in 1968 is rescued from failing media to recover some of the early sounds of Las Vegas. Celebrated for the wattage of its lighting, Las Vegas is also illuminated by a vast sound system wired into all aspects of the city. Venturi, Scott Brown, and Izenour are known for their study of the signs and significance of that city, but new readings have also pointed to an increased awareness of the sensory power of the Strip. Restoration and close listening to these tapes provides an intriguing window into the history of distributed sound systems in urban North America and new entry point into an architectural classic.
© 2014 Douglas Moffat