Oral history of recorded sound

Blumlein, Simon, son of electronic scientist Alan Blumleain. (2 of 2). Oral History of Recorded Sound;Blumlein, Simon, son of electronic scientist Alan Blumleain. Oral History of Recorded Sound

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    0:23:55

  • Shelf mark

    C90/06/01

  • Subjects

    Sound recording - history

  • Recording date

    1983-07-14

  • Recording locations

    Not given

  • Interviewees

    Blumlein, Simon (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Stapely, Laurence (speaker, male)

  • Description

    Recollections of a famous father who died when subject was six. His work on and for radio; his inventiveness. Alan Blumlein's father and Alan as a boy. Studying for City and Guilds. His memory and agility of mind. Working for Standard Telephones and Cables. Working at Columbia on electrical recording - producing HB microphone. His recording of Sir Thomas Beecham in stereo. Working on cinema sound. Speculation on why stereo was not developed at that time. Blumlein being ahead of his time. His personal image. Using 'Winnie the Pooh' for test recordings. His other interests - swimming, flying. 128 patents taken out - considered the father of circuit engineering. Producing the first successful radar designs. Working at EMI until his death. Developing the H2S blind-bombing system. Describes plane crash which killed his father, Blumlein's name being on German 'hit' list during World War II. His father's wide ranging interest in music, his insistence on good manners and his sense of fun and good humour, his multitude of interests and the importance of home and family. His work on aerial systems. His close relationship with his wife Doreen Walker.

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Blumlein, Simon, son of electronic scientist Alan Blumleain. (2 of 2). Oral History of Recorded Sound;Blumlein, Simon, son of electronic scientist Alan Blumleain. Oral History of Recorded Sound

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