Thursday, December 14th, 2006 | 11:46 am and filed in AES.
I attended the San Francisco AES meeting earlier this week at Meyer Sound Labs in Berkeley. After signing a NDA, members we’re welcomed into the Pearson Theater where we were given a presentation of about the facility from Larry the “O”. Obviously this cozy little theater sounded fantastic - duh, i did say it was at Meyer Sound Labs - and it was quite comfortable with a very elegant modern style. After the presentation we relaxed to screen the documentary film by Don Hardy titled, “Sound Man - WWII to MP3″.
The film focuses on the life of Jack Mullin , a radio engineer assigned to the army signal core during WWII. During a mission through germany, procured a couple of German Magnetophon tape recording devices and shipped them back to his home in San Francisco. Upon his return from his tour of duty in Europe, he worked to restore and improve the magnetophon units. This eventually led to the start of the American Tape Recording manufacturing industry started at the AMPEX corporation.
Apparently Mullin was also handy with a film camera as well, and he was assigned to film his activities through europe, so this documentary featured some fantastic old images of his missions. While the interviews were interesting and in some cases very funny, the old footage and Mr. Mullins and the interview with Mr. Mullin was by far the highlight of the film.
Check the Trailer posted on YouTube: