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Tomorrow's World "3D STEREO" Demonstration, BBC1 (Broadcast 21-03-1991)

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Uploaded on Feb 26, 2011

This video features BBC Tomorrow's World's televised demonstration of RSS or 'ROLAND SOUND SPACE' - dubbed "3D STEREO" by presenters Howard Stableford and Kate Bellingham. The programme joined up, via a live audio link, with Mark Goodier's Evening Session on BBC Radio 1 FM. This was in order to demonstrate, to the many viewers without NICAM digital stereo TVs, the then-new innovation of 3D spatial audio rendered with just a pair of speakers. Those who were lucky enough to get a decent FM stereo signal from the station were then able to experience this new sound for themselves.

This upload has been created from a mixture of sources. At the time of the original broadcast I was one of the many who did not have a NICAM TV set (nor, in my case, any video recorder). As I was not present for the live broadcast I'd set my cassette recorder to tape the audio from Stereo Radio 1 FM. Until recently I've only had this tape recording of the event and, frustratingly, none of the video footage.

HOWEVER... 20 years on I've at last happened upon this missing part from someone who, interestingly enough, has been in the opposite situation. He'd never heard the stereo version (even worse!) but possessed the monaural TV footage on video. Unfortunately this had been saved as a very low data rate 'Real Media' (.rm) file. Consequently it is of atrocious visual quality - for which MANY APOLOGIES!! However, as you'll see, it's still worth watching and listening...

I've pieced these two remaining artefacts back together again -- muting the mono video sound and overdubbing / synching the FM stereo audio. However, listeners will notice that during the 'preamble' (up to around 1m29s) the sound is from the mono video only. Unfortunately my cassette recorder only switched on there -- but, thankfully, still in time for the start of the demonstration! Despite the initial lack of stereo I've still managed, for speaker set-up, to doctor the mono audio to pan left around 1m20s; and to pan right around 1m23s.

When the TV demonstration ended, Mark Goodier continued the experiment on Radio 1. Thus, where the video footage ends I've continued the audio: Mark plays a special mix of 'Winter In July' by Tim Simenon's Bomb The Bass. This contains a more subtle use of the RSS effect.

I hope you enjoy this upload despite the video quality. N.B. - Clips via 'Mobile' YouTube http://m.youtube.com are mono audio only.

PS -- If anyone has better footage I'd love to see it! Video response anyone?

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