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First stereo magnetic tape recording

Somewhere I've got a cd copy of the Berlin Philharmonics first stereo recording.
Its from 1941 and was recorded on the 'AEG Hochfrequenz Magnetostat'.
This was the first magnetic tape recorder that used a bias current to achieve a reasonable treble response. The recordings were used for radio broadcasts to entertain the huddled masses during the long nights in the bomb shelters.
Since moving to the UK i found out that allied command believed these were live broadcasts!
May be their believe that Hitler forced world class musicians to stay above ground and play during the heaviest of bombing runs is the reason that Broadcast House (ger.: Haus des Rundfunks) was pretty much the only building left standing in Berlin in May 45.
The recordings themselves are surprisingly good; lots of tape hiss though.


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