Archive Pioneers | Saviours of sound at the BBC
CHANNEL | Radio 4
FIRST BROADCAST | 15 April 2009
DURATION | 28 minutes
Radio historian Sean Street tells the story of Ludwig Koch, who started recording sounds and voices in the 1880s when he was still a child. In 1936, Koch fled Nazi Germany and his recordings were later acquired by the BBC. His collection established the BBC's library of natural history sounds and he became a household name as a nature broadcaster.
Koch's distinct German accent and eccentric location recordings became so well known that he was parodied by Peter Sellers. Koch's recording of a Parisian street performer and the famous actor's take on it can both be heard in this programme.
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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