Connections to 21st Century Phonographia
August 2011 - San Francisco
Turntable icon welcomes visitors to Yerba Buena Neighborhood
Banners on lightposts in downtown San Francisco include a turntable stylized to represent dining. The Yerba Buena website states the following: "Yerba Buena is a San Francisco neighborhood of artists, patrons, urbanistas, fashionistas, movie lovers, night clubbers, shop keepers, score keepers, entrepreneurs, restauranteurs, worker bees, retirees, technologists and mixologists." www.visityerbabuena.org
August 2011 - Fort Bragg, CA
Nipper in a new advertisement for Radio Shack and True Value Hardware
This storefront on Highway 101 in Ft. Bragg, CA, represents another round for Nipper and the gramophone in marketing.
July 15, 2011 - USA Today
Recording may be Edison's first talking doll
By Josh Lederman, Associated Press
TRENTON, N.J. ó Scientists using advanced imaging technology have recovered a 123-year-old recording made by Thomas Edison that is believed to be the world's first attempt at a talking doll and may mark the dawn of the American recording industry.
Thomas Alva Edison is shown in his laboratory in West Orange, N.J., in this undated photo. J. Walter Thompson, AP
In the sound recording, a woman can be heard reciting a verse of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." Historians believe Edison hired the woman to make the recording less than two years before he unsuccessfully put the first talking doll on the market.
"Based on the date of fall 1888, it is the oldest American-made recording of a woman's voice that we can listen to today," said Patrick Feaster, a historian at Indiana University in Bloomington.
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Vinyl Records spin back into vogue, February 24, 2011
By Brian Passey, USA TODAY
CEDAR CITY, Utah ó As both a music lover and record store owner, Tim Cretsinger is excited about the recent resurgence of vinyl record albums.
The old days are making a comeback.
According to recent Nielsen SoundScan numbers, vinyl was the fastest-growing musical format in 2010, with 2.8 million units sold, the format's best year since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991.
Vinyl's increase in popularity is providing a beacon of hope for independent record stores ó an industry that has suffered with the increase of digital downloads this past decade.
When Cretsinger moved his business from Keiser, Ore., to Cedar City in 2000 there were two other record stores in the college town of about 28,000. Now, the closest independent record store is in Las Vegas, 175 miles away.
"Vinyl seems to be the light at the end of the tunnel for those of us who have hung in there," he says. "It's kind of a surprising light at the end of the tunnel. It's incredibly exciting."
Not only have vinyl album sales picked up, but the interest in record players has increased as well. Cretsinger said he got tired of directing his customers to other businesses where they could purchase turntables, so he began offering a small selection at his store in January.
Like Groovacious, Plan 9 Music stores in Richmond and Charlottesville, Va., are fairly new to the turntable market, but have offered vinyl records since the first store opened in 1981, says owner Jim Bland. Although he never quit selling vinyl, Bland says sales were slow for many years as CDs dominated the market. However, as CD sales plummeted in recent years, Plan 9 Music found itself with some open space on the floor. That empty space is now back to the basics.
"It's filled in with vinyl," Bland says. As a way to promote their businesses, 700 independent record stores across the nation have joined together since 2008 to celebrate Record Store Day on the third Saturday of April. Record Store Day regularly features limited-edition CDs and vinyl records available only at independent retailers.
"Last year all the cool stuff was vinyl," Bland says. "People were lining up to get it."
Like Record Store Day itself, Cretsinger says, listening to music on a vinyl record is an event. It forces listeners to sit down at a turntable and listen to the music, giving them an opportunity to enjoy the cover art and read the liner notes.
"There's something organic and historical about playing music that way," he says. "It sounds better." The scratches and pops often associated with the vinyl sound are all part of the "warmth" Cretsinger and other record store owners such as John Kunz, of Waterloo Records in Austin, say vinyl offers.
Kunz says CDs are more convenient than vinyl and easier to manage, so they had their place in the music industry for a time. However, Kunz sees a change in his customers' taste from the digital sound of Internet downloads to what the classic vinyl format offers.
"I think there was a pendulum swing back to the analog sound," he says. "It's sound waves rather than zeroes and ones emulating a sound wave." Terry Currier, owner of Music Millennium in Portland, Ore., says vinyl aficionados treat their passion as art, as opposed to a product.
"People didn't interact with CDs the way they did with vinyl," Currier says. "I think people lost that interaction they had with the vinyl." The music lovers buying these records aren't necessarily those who grew up with them in the 1960s and 1970s. Record store owners across the nation say teenagers and young adults constitute a large portion of their vinyl customers.
"There are tweens, teens and twentysomethings looking through Mom and Dad's record collection," he says. "All of a sudden Mom and Dad are a lot cooler than the kid might have expected."
Currier says it's almost like vinyl appreciation skipped a generation. Now purchasing vinyl is "cool" for younger customers because it's "retro." For the youngest of the customers, it might even be something their parents never experienced.
Bland agrees: "It's cool; it's hip. My 14-year-old's even getting into it." Among Cretsinger's customers at Groovacious in Cedar City is Matthew Montgomery, a 25-year-old Web developer, freelance music journalist and student at Southern Utah University. Montgomery says he began to seriously get into vinyl about two years ago, and now it's practically his exclusive musical format. He says there is an "aesthetic difference" in the sound of vinyl records compared with the digital downloads purchased by many others of his generation.
"I think vinyl is incredibly exciting," Montgomery says. "To see a resurgence in it is beautiful." Montgomery says the act of walking into a record store to purchase his music is part of vinyl's allure as well. "To me that represents a cultural idea that is incredibly attractive," he says. "It's a place you can explore and learn and talk to people." While vinyl sales help independent stores stand apart from nationwide retail chains, even Best Buy seems to have noticed the popularity of vinyl records.
About 100 Best Buy stores now carry a small selection of new and classic albums following a test period that began in the fall of 2008, says Best Buy spokeswoman Erin Bix. Best Buy also offers 14,000 vinyl titles online.
The Google Doodle for February 11, 2011
In honor of Thomas Edison's 164th birthday this Google Doodle was posted.
Links related to the Google Doodle and Edison's 164th birthday included the following:
Google Doodle celebrates Thomas Edison's birthday
By Emily Banks, Mashable
It is probably safe to say that without Thomas Edison, technology ó and life, in general ó as we know it would be completely different. From the light bulb, to the phonograph, to the motion picture camera, and his hundreds of other patents, Edison's inventions have shaped our world.
And today, February 11, the inventor and scientist is celebrated on Google's homepage with a special Doodle for what would be his 164th birthday.
The Doodle showcases animated sketches of some of the above-mentioned inventions, including a glowing incandescent bulb and whirring type-writing machine. The handful of Edison-inspired sketches in the Doodle are only a small fraction of the inventor's patents.
Earlier this week Google celebrated Jules Verne's birthday with an interactive Doodle.
Google Doodle celebrates Thomas Edison's birthday
Days after honoring author Jules Verne, Google has rolled out a homepage doodle in honor of Thomas Edison's 164th birthday.
While the image is not interactive like the Verne doodle, it does feature some moving parts and a glowing light bulb.
Edison, an inventor who was dubbed the "Wizard of Menlo Park" (now Edison, NJ), is most famous for his contributions to electric light. Though he did not come up with the concept on his own, he built on the contributions of others to create a lightbulb that was practical for home use.
Throughout his life, however, Edison was awarded more than 1,000 patents, creating everything from the phonograph to an automatic vote recorder.
Edison was born in Ohio in 1847 and died on October 18, 1931.
Earlier this week, Google unveiled an interactive doodle to honor the 183rd birthday of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" author Jules Verne. The image proved so popular that Google created a standalone version of the doodle.
In November, Google also honored author Robert Louis Stevenson's 160th birthday with a doodle that featured a pirate, pirate ship, the coveted chest of gold, and the always ominous skull and crossbones flag.
The Washington Post displayed the following photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress:
Posted at 2:39 PM ET, 02/11/2011 Thomas Edison: The photograph By Elizabeth Flock
Latest photograph of President and Mrs. Roosevelt and their children at Oyster Bay. Latest Photograph of Thomas A. Edison, Mrs. Edison and their Children. (LOC) On the anniversary of Thomas Edison's 164th birthday, our friends over at the Library of Congress bring you a photograph of Thomas, his wife, and children, that appeared in the New York Tribune August 25, 1907. Edison was 60.
Canadian Antique Phonograph Society
Cylinder Preservation and Digitazation Society - UC Santa Barbara Library
Edison References - Papers, Books and Museums - Smithsonian List
Emile Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry
History of the Edison Cylinder Phonograph - Library of Congress
Michigan Antique Phonograph Society
Tyrone's Record and Phonograph Links
List of Phonograph collection websites - courtesy of The Montana Phonograph Company
Listen to Recordings
Edison Diamond Disc Recordings - Library of Congress
Cylinder Recordings - Tinfoil.com
Cylinder Recordings: A Primer - Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project, UC Santa Barbara
The Internet Museum of Flexi / Cardboard / Oddity Records - Cereal box records, promo, novelty and assorted plastic and paper records are on view and playable.
WFMU Podcasting features recordings Edison left behind in two weekly shows: The Antique Phonograph Music Program and the Thomas Edison's Attic archives. (See Below)
Cylinder Radio - Streaming radio links of cylinder recordings, UC Santa Barbara
Song of the South Records - Specializing in Walt Disney Song of the South memorabilia. This link goes to Christian Willis's "Records" section of his site.
Phonographs in Museums
The following are obviously a small sampling of phonographs in museums. It's a recent project that should be its own website.
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History - Phonographia's visit to Washington, D.C., March 2002
Pioneer Village, Minden, NE - March 2002
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL, July 2006
PhonoGalerie - Paris exhibition store featuring the history of recorded sound
Edison National Historic Site - National Park Service
Edison Phonograph Museum - Quebec, Canada
Museum of Radio & Technology, Huntington, WV
Mr. Gramophone - The Domenic DiBernardo collection
Montana Phonograph Company
Go to youtube.com and search "Lejo DJ" to watch this gramophone playing DJ.
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