Final post-mortem on this. Once again, THANKS TO STEVE for making the audio available. It was NEVER 
available online. See my exchange with BBC technical staff below.

-- Tom Fine


Dear Tom

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I understand you wanted to listen to 2 August broadcast of 'The Man Who Invented Stereo' on BBC 

We have experienced some unforeseen technical problems with regards to encoding of the programme. 
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-----Original Message-----


The iPlayer launches but won't play the program. The iPlayer does work with other programming, so I 
think there may be a problem with this audio file or the Real address or whatever feeds the iPlayer. 
Thanks for checking on it. I am keen to listen to this audio. Thanks for making it available!


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Steve Abrams" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Saturday, August 02, 2008 6:40 AM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Blumlein broadcast today

> >From BBC Website:
> (includes video)
> Unique recordings by the inventor of stereo have been cleaned up so the public can hear them 
> properly for the first time.
> They include Sir Thomas Beecham conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) at Abbey Road 
> Studios in 1934. The recordings were made by Alan Blumlein, an EMI research engineer, whose 
> contribution to the invention of stereo sound is only now starting to be appreciated. The early 
> recordings have been re-engineered using digital technology so their true quality can be 
> appreciated.
> Sound engineer Roger Beardsley who was responsible for the digital transfers called the recordings 
> "incredibly historic". "They have never been properly reproduced, but we've recovered the original 
> information that was there", he said.
> Blumlein lodged the patent for "binaural "sound, in 1931, in a paper which patented stereo 
> records, stereo films and also surround sound. He and his colleagues then made a series of 
> experimental recordings and films to demonstrate the technology, and see if there was any 
> commercial interest from the fledgling film and audio industry. The tests included him walking and 
> talking in a room to show how sound could move and recordings of multiple overlapping 
> conversations to demonstrate how his techniques could "open up" the sound being recorded.
> "If you put headphones on with those recordings you are right in the middle of the room, you hear 
> the whole ambience", said Mr Beardsley.
> In January 1934, Blumlein took his stereo-cutting equipment to the newly opened Abbey Studios and 
> recorded Sir Thomas Beecham conducting the LPO, as it rehearsed Mozart's Jupiter Symphony. Mr 
> Beardsley used digital techniques to remove the crackles and hiss from the original 78 pressings, 
> and says the recordings now sound as they were meant to.
> "I think what we've got is what they were listening to at the time." he said. Blumlein's work on 
> stereo was shelved in 1934 because EMI concluded that it had no immediate commercial potential.
> The cancellation forced Blumlein to switch to the development of TV, and later radar. He died 
> during a top secret flight over Wales in 1942, aged 38, testing a prototype radar system.
> During his working life he was granted 128 patents - about one every six weeks.
> The Man Who Invented Stereo can be heard on BBC Radio 4 at 20.00 on Saturday 2 August 2008.