With these episodes focusing on the life and work of the mighty Fred Gaisberg, we may have given the impression that he was his own boss. That would be wrong. Working for The Gramophone Company in London, Fred was answerable to a man called William Barry Owen. In this episode we tell Owen’s story. ItContinue reading “New podcast episode in which we tell the tale of the UK recording industry’s Employee #1. William Barry Owen.”
“We realised how many different degrees of smells there are in the world” -William Gaisberg’s observation of Hyderabad, India Name: William Conrad Gaisberg Born: 26th June 1877 Resident: Born in Washington DC, USA Occupation: Recording engineer, managing director & head of London Recording Department Loves: Travelling, opera, pushing the boundaries of music and his brother (Fred) In 1894, Fred GaisbergContinue reading “Recording pioneers- Part 8, William Conrad Gaisberg”
And the answer is….A Klingsor gramophone, well done to those of you who answered correctly!
Name: William Barry Owen Born: 15 April 1860 Resident: Born in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts Occupation: Sent to London to raise investment funds for the Gramophone Company to expand into Europe Loves: Music, Musicians, Gambling, London high society parties In July 1897 William Barry Owen resignedContinue reading “Recording Pioneers- Part 7, William Barry Owen”
Trevor Lloyd Williams “The money behind the music” Name: Trevor Lloyd Williams Born: 18 July 1859, Deudraeth Castle, Penrhynd, Merionethshire, Wales Resident: London Occupation: Solicitor, The first major British investor and registered The Gramophone Company in the United Kingdom in 1898 with William Barry Owen Loves: Classical music, Law, Travelling,Continue reading “Recording Pioneers- Part 4”
Alfred Clark 1873 – 1950 “The fine thread running through the very fabric of HMV history” -Fred Gaisberg Name: Alfred Clark Born: 19 December 1873 Resident: Born in New York, moved to France 1899 aged 26 then resident of the UK, 1909 -1950 Occupation: Gramophone Company Managing Director, Chairman and EMI PresidentContinue reading “Recording Pioneers- Part 2”
The Hound heartily thanks Mr Lester Smith for providing this little known image of Emile Berliner standing by his first machine.
Emile Berliner 1851 – 1921 “The key to victory is never-ending application” -Emile Berliner Name: Emile Berliner Born: 20 May 1851 Resident: Born in Hanover in Germany, immigrated to the United States as a young man of only 19 in 1870 Occupation: Recording sound mastermind Loves: His wife and family, inventing, campaigning for better health standardsContinue reading “Recording Pioneers- Part 1”
On the 23rd of July 1898 Fred Gaisberg, at the age of 25 set sail on the 9 a.m. SS Umbria Cunard ship from New York to Liverpool. He was sent by the inventor of the Gramophone, Emile Berliner to London as one of the first sound engineers to set up a recording studio inContinue reading “Gaisberg’s Travels”
Today marks the start of one of the World’s biggest Classical music festivals. The BBC Proms begins with a concert at the Royal Albert Hall featuring Sally Matthews (soprano,) Roderick Williams (baritone,) Stephen Hough (piano,) BBC Proms Youth Choir, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo (conductor) in a performances of Julian Anderson –Continue reading “The Proms 2013”