The next meeting will be held on 24th April 2019 at 7:30 for 8:00pm at the Braid Hills Hotel. We hope to use the larger Regency Room at the rear-right down the corridor.

Terry Martini-Yates of Ferrograph World, based in Rosyth, will talk about "Writing in Iron" - magnetic sound recording - with several historical recordings.

Terry writes: "A potted history of the development of the magnetic audio recorder from Valdemar Poulson’s invention of the magnetic wire recorder, the steel tape based Blattenerphone, its further development at AEG in Germany and its use by the 3rd Reich in Nazi Germany for war propaganda, to the overnight sensation it created in post-war America, when an enterprising soldier liberated two of the secret German Magnetophon reel to reel tape machines and 50 reels of recording tape. 

How, at a demonstration of one of these machines at MGM’s studios, was heard by one of America's biggest radio stars of the day, that changed the broadcasting and music industry around the globe forever with the high fidelity and new techniques that it offered.  It appeared a little later in the UK, but by the late 1950s, it had also found its way into the home and kick started the rise of an early form of social media, “tapesponding” leading  to the appearance of specialised magazines devoted to the hobby, and the formation of dozens of tape clubs up & down the UK". 

The talk will feature early recording items and historic recordings from Terry’s collection.

Terry is the author of 'Built Like a Battleship!, A History of the Ferrograph Company'.  

See also his website Ferrograph World (click)