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mahadev

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There is a CD set of recordings of PNB from Germany, recorded by the WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk)
in Cologne in 1984.

https://oriental-traditional-music.blogspot.com/2014/11/nikhil-banerjee-1931-1986-at-wdr.html

If you have this set you will notice that CDs 3, 4 and 5 sound very strange, kind of distant and muffled.
The reason is very simple, German broadcasting studios in those days often used the Telefunken M15 reel-to-reel machine which has a head arrangement where the heads face away from the operator, unlike the Studer and Ampex and most other machines where the heads face the operator.
If you play a tape recorded on a Telefunken M 15 on a Studer or Revox or Ampex machine without respooling the tape reversed the playback head will read the tape through the substrate instead of directly from the magnetic layer resulting in a weak and muffled sound. This is obviously what has happened here.

Does anybody know where the original tapes are ? They should be found and properly transferred to digital media. Every recording of PNB is precious , most of all the studio recordings.

Any members of this forum in Germany who can help ?

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Hi Max.

Maybe the reason for the variation in the sound quality in your files is different - in the comments Tawfiq, the original poster, says "The Radio recordings I post here were recorded from the actual broadcast and not copied directly from any mastertapes existing in the archives of the radio stations to which I have no access."

The links on that page fail now, BTW.

I have these items but I don't think I got them from this page, (with the exception of the interview described as CD5), as I don't have the zip files and no scans of "CDs". These are listed in my archives as Unpublished recordings. The only one I know on actual CD is the Chhanda Dhara. I am not aware the others were formally issued and calling them CDs may be misleading.

I have no quarrel with the sound quality of my files, if you want to check out and download from my archives see

http://nikhilbanerjee.uk/unpublished.htm

The relevant file numbers are 8007, 8008, 8009, 8010, 8011, (duplicated number by error, oops), 8012 and the Desh interview is 8011b.

Don't ask me where I got these, my only vague recollection is the recordings came originally from the master tapes.

 

The direct file link on mediafire is

https://www.mediafire.com/folder/qeyalp3rvhiy4/TheNBArchive#jn85311g1n7pa

mega link

https://mega.nz/folder/QSQi2Bob#QIGJ83RkTGkImwkOzpfiIQ/folder/xfYgURAK

 

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Alan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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