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Zenon Schoepe

Zenon Schoepe 14 Sept 1959 – 10 Apr 2016

23/05/2016 |

Zenon Schoepe, the founder and Editorial Director of international pro audio magazine Resolution, passed away on 10 April. He was 56 years old, writes Joe Hosken. After successfully completing a degree in microbiology at Queen Elizabeth College, University of London, Schoepe began his career in publishing as a trainee journalist with International Thomson, where his…

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The Mumbling Mob

01/05/2016 |

Happy Valley is the latest show viewers can’t hear. What to do, asks Stephen Armstrong. Why is Happy Valley 2 getting viewers so upset? Sally Wainwright is back with another cracking script, and directing it herself this time; and the nation’s sweetheart, Sarah Lancashire, is reprising the tough but troubled cop Catherine Cawood. Twisted Tommy…

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Mike Skeet 1932 – 2015

20/01/2016 |

The British sound recording fraternity contains many eccentrics, but perhaps none more so than Mike Skeet who sadly passed away in December 2015 after a short illness.   Mike was an inspiration for a great many of us throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s, mostly through his enthusiastic magazine articles on DIY recording equipment and…

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Rain is sizzling bacon, cars are lions roaring: the art of sound in movies

24/07/2015 |

Skip Lievsay is one of the most talented men in Hollywood. He has created audioscapes for Martin Scorsese and is the only sound man the Coen brothers go to. But the key to this work is more than clever effects, it is understanding the human mind. Skip Lievsay, an unassuming-looking guy in his mid-60s with…

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Honoured at last: A tribute to an inventor who saved millions of lives during World War II

30/03/2015 |

He’s the genius inventor who helped save millions of lives during the Second World War, but whose achievements went unheralded following an early death. However, this is not the tale of Alan Turing – but Alan Dower Blumlein, who was killed in a plane crash while developing Britain’s superior airborne radar system. Blumlein will receive…

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IPS sells out at BVE

21/03/2015 |

When IPS Chairman Simon Bishop gave his talk on “Good Sound Cheap” at BVE, such was the interest that it was standing room only as the crowd spilled out from the theatre.  

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World record for longest ever reverberation

26/10/2014 |

Deep inside a complex of secret tunnels in the Highlands stirs a sound which will reverberate through the ages. The world record for the longest echo ever discovered has been shattered by a hidden network of oil storage tanks in Rossshire. Acoustic scientists emerged from the Inchindown oil storage tanks, an underground fuel depot constructed…

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George Martin – “In My Life”

10/03/2014 |

Sir George Martin, the legendary record producer who engineered the rise of The Beatles, talks about his hearing loss to Dawn Dimond. “I couldn’t hear the high frequencies – it was a moment of truth” It’s a cruel irony that rock music’s most famous record producer attributes his hearing loss to over-exposure to the very…

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What does a £2,500 record sound like?

10/03/2014 |

Audiophile Pete Hutchison has gone to extraordinary lengths to reissue golden era classical recordings in their purest form. He talks to Killian Fox about the price of perfection, the ‘digital con’, and the sound of a truly analogue recording. ‘It’s not just about vinyl, it’s about a whole philosophy’: Pete Hutchison in his studio in…

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Prince Charles highlights the lack of training

12/11/2013 |

HRH The Prince of Wales has warned of a growing skills shortage in UK television training. Speaking at the start of the RTS Craft Skills Masterclass Day held at the Hospital Club in London’s Covent Garden on 30 October, the Prince recalled how a conversation with documentary film maker John Bridcut and his crew led…

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