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iwarburton



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 12:41 pm    Post subject: How's the Music Played? Reply with quote

Probably a silly question but here goes...

We're told that Wogan et al have all the music on computer today.

What about items played by Brian Matthew, Desmond Carrington and others who feature very old/obscure stuff at times? Can they get that on computer as well or do they need to keep turntables in stock?

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RockitRon



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know for certain, but since it is easy nowadays to transfer anything on all the old media (shellac, vinyl, tape, CD, web) to computer (server) I suspect they all use the up-to-the-minute technology, with the transferring having been done by some technician in a cubby-hole somewhere.

Does DC actually play his material his end? He's the possible exception.
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Helen May



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are CD players and mini disc players in the studios. I remember when they moved studios a couple of years ago much was made of the fact there were no turntables in the new ones.

I would guess that there is one in whichever studio they pre record shows such as SOTS, Desmond Carrington will no doubt still have a turntable in his home where the programme comes from.

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John W



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the case of Desmond who plays mainly from his own collection, and some of the obscure stuff is likely vinyl only, I expect his producer does the transfer. A lot of 50s music, big bands, British variety and music hall, British dance bands of the 20s and 30s is available on CD now.

Malcolm Laycock plays mainly CDs of music from 1920's-1940s (the playlist will say the record label is Vocalion, EMI, Pulse, Evegreen etc) but he does feature collectors' items where people (myself included) make home transfers for his show of very rare 78s never re-released items from the dance band days, for example looking at last Sunday's playlist he played:

Title: "MAKE YOURSELF A HAPPINESS PIE"
Artist: Harry Bidgood’s Broadcasters with Dan Donovan
Recording: Transferred from 78rpm
Label: Broadcast
Cat No: 3006
TRANSFERRED, NO LONGER AVAILABLE

The 'Broadcast' records were cheap 78s in the late 20s early 30s.

Later Malcolm played:

Title: "THE CONTINENTAL"
Artist: Carroll Gibbon’s Boyfriends
CD: Broadcasts 1934-35
Label: World
Cat No: SH 360
TRANSFERRED, NO LONGER AVAILABLE

which is from a World Records vinyl LP made of 78s made specially for Radio Luxemburg, I think it was a Hartley's Jam sponsored show Smile and in this case Malcolm's producer or someone else will have made a digital transfer for the show.

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