Oral history of recorded sound

Aldous, Donald, Writer and Broadcaster. Oral History of Recorded Sound

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    Aldous, Donald, 1914- (male)

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    Early interest in gramophone led to first article in Popular Radio in 1933. Set up company to supply batteries and accumulators. Studied electronics and recording at Polytechnic of North London. Freelance writing. Specialising in reproduction and development of the direct-cut disc. Methods of obtaining immediate playback, devising the gelatine-coated glass blank in 1935. Founder of the British Sound Recording Association. Opened own studio. Produced first UK manual of direct disc cutting techniques in 1943/4. Louis Blattner and the Blattnerphone. Developing first magnetic wire recorder. Cecil Watts and his inventions. Problems recording on wax. NSA's conservation work with ethnic recordings on wax cylinders. Collecting test records. Reminiscences about personalities in the world of sound recording. Paul Voigt and loudspeakers. Post-war tape revolution. Theatre sound. CDs as archival medium. Quadrophonic sound.

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