Michael Colomb

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Michael
Family name: 
Colomb
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Interview Number: 
358
Interview Date(s): 
12 Jun 1995
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Duration (mins): 
165

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NOTE: This interview is rather technical as Colomb is a technician who has always been involved with the technical side of sound recording. However, the interview is full of anecdotes which are well worth following through.

SIDE ONE

Born 1928 in the same house as now; local school, then UCS Hampstead. During the war got to know Gordon McCallum who later was able to introduce him to Denham Studios where he got a job as an assistant in the sound department. He talks about those days and then his move to the BBC Television Film Department. He then got involved in the design and manufacture of a lightweight blimp but to do so had to leave the BBC.

SIDE TWO

Talks about Independent Frame and the making of Sound Effects. He talks about his travels when working with Dick Cawston on a programme on Global Television. He talks about equipment maintenance whilst on location. He goes on to talk about various sound systems used by the BBC, and about the fibre glass blimp he and his ex-BBC colleague Neville Bruce [designed?]. They were working from Radlett in a farm building. He also worked outside as a sound recordist with their new blimp, working with Denis Mitchell.  He has an interesting tale to tell when his new company, Better Sound, took over part of the bonded film store in Endell Street.

SIDE THREE

Talking about taking over the lease of Endell Street and later buying the freehold. He then goes on to talk about the changing role the company played due to the fast changes of practices in the industry. He talks about the difficulty of set-up training programmes faced by small companies. The firm changed over to provision of hardware, and not without providing crewing and equipment hire [?] He talks about the use of radio mics.

SIDE FOUR

This side deals mainly with recollections.

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