Oral history of recorded sound

Kirby, John, bird sound recordist. Oral History of Recorded Sound

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    Wildlife sounds - Recording techniques

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  • Recording locations

    Aysgarth, Yorkshire, UK

  • Interviewees

    Kirby, John (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Sellar, Patrick J (speaker, male)

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    Making his own tape recorder from a kit. Recording first bird song in May 1951. Building own portable battery recorder. In 1953 BBC accepted his recording of Whooper Swan and subsequent recordings. Contributing to the Sound programme. Buying electric tape recorder in 1959. Pioneering use of filters. Meeting Ludwig Koch. Publication of commercial discs. Difficulties of mass production.

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