Recording Pioneers- Part 6

Frederick William Gaisberg 1873 – 1951 “Fred was clearly one of those Children with a natural talent for the keyboard, and his mother made the most of this opportunity from the moment she began to teach him when he was four.” -Extract from ‘A Voice in Time’ – Jerrold Northrop Moore  Name:      Continue reading “Recording Pioneers- Part 6”

Gaisberg’s Travels

“Thursday, 21 September 1899 [Dublin] A very disappointing day from a record-making standpoint. Miss [Maud] Boyd did not appear during the day, but on going to dinner that evening I discovered the whole crowd of them in the dining room. When they arose to go, I followed them and reminded them of their promise, andContinue reading “Gaisberg’s Travels”

Recording Pioneers- Part 4

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”

Gaisberg’s Travels # 3

There’s no place like home… 114 years ago, 20th August 1899, Fred Gaisberg and fellow sound engineer William Sinkler Darby were on their way back to London from Madrid via Bordeaux. They came across many strange characters and had strong opinions about the local cuisine as this extract from Gaisberg’s show’s that even after theContinue reading “Gaisberg’s Travels # 3”

Gaisberg’s Travels #2

“8-8-1898” The young Fred Gaisberg arrived in Liverpool and made his way to London to set up his studio. Despite the long journey and unfamiliar country Gaisberg was in high spirits and recalls “Arriving in London at the tail end of a strawberry glut of which I took the fullest advantage.” – Fred Gaisberg BeforeContinue reading “Gaisberg’s Travels #2”

Recording Pioneers- Part 2

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”

Recording Pioneers- Part 1

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”

Gaisberg’s Travels

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”

Happy American Independence day!

In the early days of the Gramophone Company the British founders worked closely with their American counterparts. A lot of the initial success can be attributed to one of the first sound and recording engineers – American Born Fred Gaisberg. He began working on the newly invented gramophone in the late 19th century and wasContinue reading “Happy American Independence day!”

Joe Batten’s Book: The Story of Sound Recording

SOTH would like to thank our latest contributor Michael Lloyd-Davies for his insightful review on the memoirs of Joe Batten – pioneer recording manager.    By Michael Lloyd-Davies    In his foreward to Joe Batten’s memoirs, Joe is described by Sir Compton McKenzie as “that other great recorder” bracketed with Freddy Gaisberg. Joe Batten’s story isContinue reading “Joe Batten’s Book: The Story of Sound Recording”