3 Robert Parker (sound engineer)


Robert Parker (sound engineer)

Robert Noel Parker (24 December 193630 December 2004) was an Australian sound engineer, jazz expert and broadcaster, well known for his radio series "Jazz Classics in Digital Stereo". [ [http://www.thestage.co.uk/features/feature.php/6728 The Stage / Features / Robert Parker ] ]

Born in Sydney, Australia, he worked for the Commonwealth Film Unit then moved to Britain in 1964 to work in the film and television industry. On returning to Australia, he received a commission from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for a radio series on jazz.

As a collector of records from the age of twelve, he had built up a large collection of vintage music. He devloped a system for transferring recordings to digital media, eliminating noise, and adding stereo and enhanced acoustics. He first used an analogue machine, the Packman Audio Noise Suppressor, and later Cedar digital equipment to transfer, retouch and enhance tracks.

With these techniques he produced "reproductions of jazz records of the 1920's and earlier that are not only free of surface noise but reveal details, subtleties and a sense of presence that were not previously evident on the records, even in LP re-issues." [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940DE1D81F30F934A3575BC0A96E948260 "New York Times" review, 1988.] ]

He used his enhanced 78rpm transfers in a long-running radio programme "Jazz Classics in Digital Stereo", first broadcast in May 1982 by ABC Radio and later carried by BBC Radio 2, amongst other stations.

His transfer of "Milenberg Joys" performed by McKinney's Cotton Pickers was adopted by him as the theme tune for his broadcasts.

He settled back in Britain and set up his own studio in Devon, and followed on from his radio show with a series of vintage record transfers under the banners "Jazz Classics in Digital Stereo" and "The Classic Years in Digital Stereo".

elect discography

* "The Best of Robert Parker: Jazz Classics in Digital Stereo" (RPCD641)

References

External links

* [http://www.thestage.co.uk/features/feature.php/6728 Obituary in "The Stage"]
* [http://www.lionelhampton.nl/jazzandoldies.html Partial listing of Parker's output]
* [http://www.svalanderaudio.com/shoppen/parkereng.php Catalogue of Robert Parker recordings]
* [http://www.robertparkerjazz.eu Robert Parker Jazz list of CDs/Cassettes]


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