EMI Thorn

Another important company involved in the Philadelphia Experiment is EMI Thorn, which is better known for their music label EMI. Allegedly, there had been a forerunner of the 1984 movie "The Philadelphia Experiment", which had been produced by EMI and was banned by a US court, because it was to close to the real story of the Philadelphia Experiment of 1943. Actually, EMI had their own movie studio, the Elstree studios in UK. Another point of interest is EMI involvement in the HAARP-sister project EISCAT. And, additionally, EMI THORN has old roots in electronic tube manufactoring, tubes like those which would have been needed for the ENIAC computer prototype, which controlled the test equipment onboard of the USS Eldridge in 1943.

The connection between EMI and the Philadelphia Experiment came up for the first time, when Al Bielek stated his claims about the Philadelphia Experiment on Saturday, January 13, 1990 in Dallas, Texas, when he was a guest-speaker of the MUFON. Here is a commentary by Jerry W. Decker of the corresponding part of Bielek's speech which is based on Decker's personal studies in a variety of subjects including the "Philadelphia Experiment" and attendance at the MUFON lecture:

Bielek says that Thorn EMI, producer of the film, "The Philadelphia Experiment" was banned from showing it in September 1983. He later says it was given a limited showing in the USA.
Thorn Instruments, an old English manufacturer of labware from the early 1800's bought into EMI and had in their archives a story of a disappearing ship with a picture of the "time traveller" who brought it to them. In the picture were the Wilson brothers of Thorn EMI, Aleister Crowley (infamous occultist) and a 4th person who was Preston Nichols.
This "traveller" said to be Preston Nichols was a past president of the USPA (United States Psychotronic Association) and was supposedly in the picture taken in 1890. Supposedly Mr. Nichols was shown the picture by a Thorn/EMI representative (Chief Archivist). It showed him about 10 years older than now, 1989 (which would be 1999 when it would have to be taken).

Although I am not in line with most of Al Bielek's statements, I found some interesting facts in EMI's complex company history. EMI was involved in manufacturing arly electronic devices such as vacuum tubes and radar equipment. The rumor goes, that EMI produced a movie about the Philadelphia Experiment in the early 70ties (this was not the 1984 movie with Michael Pare), which was then banned by a US court and is not available since then. I found at least two persons in the US, who claim to have seen this movie years before the well known 1984 movie was released.

If EMI was involved in the PX, there might have been documents left about it within the companies archive. Somebody then could have developed the idea of making a good selling movie from the story in the early 70ties, when EMI had a movie studio on it's own.

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  1. http://www.emiclassics.com/centenary/dec9.html
    THORN Electrical Industries Limited makes an offer of 148m for EMI Ltd. The EMI Board subsequently recommends THORN's revised offer of 169 to its shareholders and a new company THORN EMI is formed.
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  3. http://www.pparc.oakland.co.uk/reports/companies/company_report.asp
    Prof R M Brown of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory / Another scientist of this lab is Dr I McCrea, who works with EISCAT: EISCAT exists as a scientific and educational organisation to conduct high latitude upper atmosphere research by the incoherent scatter technique and it provides instrumentation and observational opportunities for the scientific community to pursue these goals. Technologies developed by the EISCAT Scientific Association include specialised radar hardware for incoherent scatter sounding of the ionosphere and specialized hardware for radar operations, data analysis and data handling from the radars.
  4. http://www.elstree.co.uk/emi.html

  5. EMI continued to attempt financial restructuring until they were brought out by Thorn and the Elstree Way studios were renamed yet again as the Thorn - EMI studios.
    By the late seventies the studios were on their way to a full revival, being used for blockbusters such as the Star Wars trilogy, Indiana Jones, Roger Rabbit, and many more Film's made at Elstree.

  6. http://www.elstree.co.uk/history.html
    British National Studios was built in 1926 and over the years was the site of most of Elstree's most famous productions. It became British International Pictures Studios, then Associated British Picture Corp. before becoming the EMI studios (then later EMI and Goldcrest). In October 1988 Cannon sold these studios (formerly the EMI studio) to Brent Walker Property & Entertainment group (for a reputed 32.5 M), who continued film production for a short while under the Goldcrest name, until that company collapsed.

  7. http://www.tmd.co.uk/

  8. About TMD
    TMD Technologies Limited (formerly Thorn Microwave Devices Limited) is based in Hayes, Middlesex, England and employs a specialist staff of over 150 people. It has extensive experience and capability in all aspects of the design and manufacture of Microwave tubes, Microwave Amplifiers, Power Supplies and Microwave Receivers for the following main applications:
    Radar, Electronic Warfare, EMC/RF testing, Communications, Laboratory and Medical.
    The company was formed in 1969 under the name of EMI Varian, when the high power klystron group of EMI Central Research Laboratories was combined as a joint venture with Varian Associates. Following the merger between EMI and THORN in the early 1980s the company name became THORN EMI Varian.

  9. http://www.thomson-thorn.co.uk/about/history.htm

  10. n the early 1930s The Gramophone Company merged with rival companies and was re-named Electrical and Musical Industries (EMI). This combination of engineering resources led to fascinating technical discoveries, when outstanding research scientists within the company began exploring the potential of the infant science of electronics, one result of which was the high definition television broadcasting system adopted by the BBC in 1937.
    With the outbreak of World War II two years later, this pioneering work proved to have an even greater significance. Its development had demanded mastering completely new techniques and disciplines - transient analysis, thinking in fractions of micro seconds and systems engineering - which were crucial to the development and application of radar. This, in turn, led to the first high power klystron, the first proximity fuze and involvement in defence electronics which has continued to the present day.
    In 1979 THORN and EMI merged to become one of the largest operating companies in the United Kingdom. Its wide range of business covered four principal areas of activity: rental and retail; technology; music; consumer and commercial products.

  11. http://www.electron-tubes.co.uk/lit/profile.html

  12. We have been involved in the development and marketing of Photomultiplier tubes (PMTs) and other light sensing devices since the 1930s, originally as part of EMI Electronics and latterly as Thorn EMI Electron Tubes. In 1994 the company directors effected a buy-out of Electron Tubes from Thorn EMI creating Electron Tubes Limited and Electron Tubes Inc.