Category Archives: Recorded sound

London Sounds, 1928

From the incredible London Sound Survey: THERE ARE NO BBC radio recordings surviving from before 1931, so the job of representing the 1920s falls to this curiosity from the Columbia Graphophone Company. It’s a 12” 78rpm disc made in 1928 … Continue reading

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Original Sony Walkman, 1980

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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

‘You made a will yet, Morse?’ ‘Not much to leave, really.’ ‘All these records of yours, surely?’ ‘Bit out of date, I’m afraid. We’re all buying CDs now.’ ‘Perhaps they’ll be out of date soon.’ Morse nodded. Strange was not … Continue reading

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The Future of the Music Industry in Numbers. Digital Tipping Point in 2014?

“Like a popular rocker who burns out, only to try to stage a comeback a decade later, the     sickly music industry will probably never regain its previous vigour. But even modest        growth is welcome news for the industry.” Source: The … Continue reading

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Edison’s First Movie Projector: A Phonograph for Pictures

Today in 1888, Thomas Edison filed a patent for the first movie projector, the “Optical Phonograph,” which projected images just 1/32-inch across.  Steven Lubar in InfoCulture: “Thomas Edison was thinking about the phonograph when he decided to invent a moving picture machine. … Continue reading

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First Classical Music Recording

Today in 1888, Thomas Edison’s foreign sales agent, Colonel George Gouraud, made a wax cylinder recording in the Crystal Palace, London, of a 3016-person choir performing Handel’s Israel in Egypt at a distance of more than one hundred yards from … Continue reading

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What Did Alexander Graham Bell’s Voice Sound Like?

From Berkeley Lab: Berkeley Lab’s sound-restoration experts have done it again. They’ve helped to digitally recover a 128-year-old recording of Alexander Graham Bell’s voice, enabling people to hear the famed inventor speak for the first time. The recording ends with … Continue reading

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