Archive Pioneers | Saviours of sound at the BBC
CHANNEL | Other
RECORDED | 18 March 1987
DURATION | 60 minutes 48 seconds
Former Chief Producer Arthur Phillips talks with John Lane about working his way up the ranks at the BBC. When Phillips joined the BBC as a page boy straight from school in 1929, his duties included fetching supper for announcers and hailing taxis for celebrities. However, when he moved to the Recorded Programmes Department, he became one of the first people to preserve radio shows for the archive using the BBC's earliest recording machine, the Blattnerphone. Phillips also remembers the Engineering Department's eccentric archive pioneer Lynton Fletcher and his innovative dedication to improving recording techniques.
This interview was recorded for the BBC Sound Archive's own departmental history and has never before been broadcast in full.
While on a mission to record various railway noises for the Sound Effects Library, Arthur Phillips found the best way to capture the quintessential rattle of the train on the tracks at high speed was to dangle the microphone down through the open lavatory pan to the vehicle's undercarriage, much to the consternation of the other passengers.
Lynton Fletcher shows off the BBC Sound Library to a literary audience.
Lynton Fletcher and Marie Slocombe on the BBC's growing collection of historic recordings.
In conversation with the first BBC Sound Archive librarian.
From page boy to chief producer over 45 years at the BBC.
The story of the temp who started the BBC Sound Archive.
How a boyhood hobby led to pioneering recordings of the natural world.
Creating, making and archiving sounds in the 1930s and 40s.
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