compressor aficionados (9) – D.W. Fearn

Doug, when and how did you arrived in the music business?

I have had an interest in electronics ever since I was a kid growing up in the 1950s and 1960s. I built a crystal radio  receiver when I was 8 and my first audio amplifier (tubes, of course) when I was 10. I passed the test for an amateur radio license when I was 12 and that experience of communicating using Morse code was excellent training for  learning to hear. I built a lot of my own radio equipment, and experimented with my own designs.

The high school I attended had an FM broadcast station. Most of the sports and musical events were broadcast, and I learned about recording orchestras, marching bands, choirs, and plays. Friends asked me to record their bands, which was my first experience working with non-classical music.

Another major factor was that my father was a French horn player in the Philadelphia Orchestra. As a kid, I would attend concerts, rehearsals, and sometimes recording sessions and broadcasts. I learned a lot about acoustics by walking around the Academy of Music in Philadelphia during rehearsals.

It would seem logical that my musical exposure and my interest in electronics would combine to make the career in pro audio I have had for over 40 years now.

I was a studio owner for many years before starting the D.W. Fearn manufacturing business, which started in 1993. [Read more…]

the sound of Gravity

In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection profile we talk with Director Alfonso Cuarón and Re-recording Mixer Skip Lievsay about the sound teams work to create a dramatic sound scape to a dark and vast outer space environment.

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a must see

And don’t miss to see the whole DTS “Sound Magician” Series.

the visual art of Brian Eno: Light and Time

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sound installation by Robert Henke

Fragile Territories is a laser and sound installation by Robert Henke.

Physicist of Sound | Carsten Nicolai

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“Forest and Trees” installation

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“Forest and Trees” is an installation of moving images and sounds employing 12 digital photo frames. The animation and its sound effects playing through the internal speakers of each frame gradually come together to form music.

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unnamed soundsculpture

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Take Our Audio Poll: Do We Need Higher Definition Sound?

We’re in the 21st century and we have the worst sound that we’ve ever had. It’s worse than a 78 [rpm record]. What happened?

Reblogged from Trust Me I’m a Scientist: Take Our Audio Poll: Do We Need Higher Definition Sound?

 

unusual techniques in sound recording

Radio Electronics cover May 1950

Today, I just want to feature a really, really great Blog: Read the article and much more and download the original four-page article from ‘Radio Electronics’ magazine 5/1950 entitled “Unusual Techniques In Sound Recording” over there at Preservationsound.com! That Blog features great insights and forgotten info about almost everything related to ancient recording stuff.