Ted Scott presented with the Fellowship Award
at the Fifth Annual UK Screen Sound Awards
ANECDOTES, RAMBLINGS, NAME-DROPPING AND DOWNRIGHT ENTERTAINING
Ted recalls his years of audio engineering at Radio Luxembourg,
sound engineering for television at ATV, and being a sound supervisor in the London freelance market. He’s
met many great artistes - not all of them in show business !
|From the early days of disc-cutting to receiving a gold disc for the Muppet Show
"Cue tape please, Ted..."
Ted Scott learned his
craft the hard way - practice, practice, and yet more practice. Growing-up in post-war East London, Ted became an audio engineer
against all the odds. TV sound recording was, at that time, monopolized by the British Broadcasting Corporation, and it only
accepted Oxford University undergraduates with engineering degrees - no way would the BBC consider someone whose education
had come to a screeching halt at the age of 14, with the advent of WW2! In his early 20s, after working at this, that and
the other, and by trial and error, he stumbled upon the happy fact that he had The
Ear! Anyone out there today, young or old, who records anything of value will know that all the finest equipment
in the world will not replace having The Ear.
So, from cutting discs in his parents' backroom, joining Radio Luxembourg in the days when the only radio programming
in the UK was controlled by the Government, i.e. the BBC (no way would you hear your favorite pop tunes on the BBC), and ultimately
to becoming a TV sound engineer with Associated Television (yes, competition was finally allowed!) he eventually became one
of the most talented TV sound engineers in the business. He was nominated for an Emmy for his work on The Muppet Show, was presented with a gold disc by Jim Henson and Frank Oz and has recorded — well, you'll just have
to read on to find out... We hope you'll browse the pages, from tales of Ted's start in the business to his story
of recording David Bowie and Bing Crosby singing the iconic cult Christmas classic Little Drummer Boy. Bet you didn't know that the song you hear today is taken from the audio recording that Ted did for Bing's
Christmas Show because the original tape was erased! So the record company was forced to use the video tape that went out
the night of the show, and is the one that you hear - and see - on that famous and very strange pairing. Yeah, you don't
see that on David Bowie's discography! Hey RCA! Ted wants to know where his gold disc is!
|Presented to Ted by Jim Henson and Frank Oz
In the beginning