Oral history of recorded sound

Number of items in collection: 201

Short description:

Recordings in this collection are available for Higher and Further Education institutions only.

This collection comprises interviews with people involved in all areas of the recording industry: artists, engineers, managers, producers, musicians, record company personnel, wildlife recordists, journalists and broadcaster, including accounts of the work of pioneers such as Fred Gaisberg (who first recorded Caruso), Cecil Watts (pioneer of direct cut disc recording), Alan Blumlein (microphones), Arthur Haddy ("father of hi-fi"), and Berliner.

Oral history recordings provide valuable first-hand testimony of the past.  The views and opinions expressed in oral history interviews are those of the interviewees, who describe events from their own perspective.  The interviews are historical documents and their language, tone and content might in some cases reflect attitudes that could cause offence in today’s society.


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