DOUG HUNT INTERVIEW – PART 1

by Nicholas Voss

We are taking a short break from the Jack Root series.  We will resume Jack’s interview after he gets the opportunity to review the latest audio clips.

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In March of 2009, we began conducting interviews for the Audiovisual and Staging Pioneers history project.  One of the first pioneers to show an interest was Doug Hunt.  I met Doug at Starbucks one bright and sunny morning in 2009, notebook in hand.  Little did I know, Doug had a recorder in his pocket.  He sent me the recording soon after the interview to help with the writing of the article. It now seems better to publish the recordings of the interviews rather than lengthy articles.

 In Part 1 Doug discusses the inception of multi-image programming. As far as we know, slide projector programming began in the mid 1960s. Staging Techniques would retrofit the Kodak 550 projector to higher light output. It could accept commands from a programming device. Eventually programming advanced to give birth to a company called AVL … and ultimately widescreen productions.

 Listen to part 1 of the Doug Hunt interview:

NOTE: PLEASE PARDON THE POOR AUDIO QUALITY.  I DID NOT KNOW AT THE TIME WE WOULD BE USING A POCKET RECORDER.  THE CONTENT IS EXCELLENT; THEREFORE I DECIDED TO GO FORWARD WITH THE ORIGINAL.  I DID MY BEST TO CLEAN IT UP USING SONY SOUNDFORGE SOFTWARE.

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