this edition of framework:afield has been produced in scotland by mark vernon, and features location recordings by east midlands tape recording clubs made between 1959 and 1978. for more information see mark’s notes on the show:

A selection of vintage amateur field recordings from three East Midlands tape clubs: The Derby Tape Recording Club, The Leicester Tape Recording Club and The Nottingham Co-operative Tape Recording Club.

Many of these recordings were made in the days when recording on location entailed lugging a heavy and cumbersome full-size reel to reel recorder out and about with you. Outdoor recordings were often impractical but sometimes being part of a club – pooling resources and sharing knowledge, made things a little bit easier. The appearance of affordable portable battery recorders in the early 60’s granted tape enthusiasts unprecedented freedom as to what and where they could record – a freedom which most tape club members exploited to the full. Some of these recordings were made on organised outings as part of the tape club’s programme of activities; others were made independently by individual members. This selection represents just a fraction of the recordings contained within the archives. The variety and imagination displayed here is a testament to the pioneering spirit of a dedicated group of amateurs; our forebears in the pursuit of recorded sound.

Thanks to all former tape club members, in particular; Bill and Marjory Howard, Ernie Flecknoe, Brian Hayhoe, John & Lorna Buckler, John Moule, Bruce Goodwin, Dennis Blackmore and Patrick Everest.

Recordings include:

Cadeby light railway / budgerigars / flamingos / fairground & fairground organ / owl / a visit to the zoo, Bill & Marjory Howard (the monkey house & sea lions) / applause from a musical concert / Leicester market / shopping hubbub / traffic / a police officer describing a  car journey in real-time / tour around a power station / train recordings / six sounds / birdsong (Harold’s land) / Leicester tape club news tape – Carillion recording trip with parabolic reflector / girls football match / countryside recordings – pigs, cows, chickens, birdsong, babbling brook / Birdland, Bourton-on-the-Water, Bill & Marjory Howard / musical chairs (Derby tape club Christmas party) / Fire station – alarm, pole slide and fire engine leaving station / tour round Pirelli tyre factory, Burton-upon-Trent / clock chime / recorded bicycle ride with commentary by John Buckler / brass band, the Lord Mayor’s show, Leicester / Leicester vs Birmingham tape club 10-pin bowling tournament / cricket match with commentary and brass band / Bill & Marjory Howard talking to parrots at the zoo / Nottingham co-operative tape recording club advert, Mablethorpe / sea & seagulls / Wurlitzer organ concert / fireworks / army display / Loghborough Carillion visit, Bill & Marjory Howard / siren & radio communications / telephone exchange / bingo / East Midlands airport recording trip, Bill & Marjory Howard / ‘This is Derby’ feature by Brian Hayhoe / Bill Howard – ‘Some of the world around us’ /

Also of interest – a recent post from the London Sound Survey features an excellent programme documenting the activities of the London Tape Recording Club.

patrick 2012, framework:afield

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