Connections for Phonographians
Revolution of Sound
the completion of the Phonograph on December 6, 1877 the revolution
of sound began, culturally and in rpms.
Alva Edison and his head machinist, John Kruesi, had successfully
captured the human voice and played it back on Edison's "Talking
are objects and images and words that contribute to our memory of
are found in art, advertisements, personal stories and literature,
photographs, movies, greeting cards, postcards, cartoons and many
other formats including talking machines and records from their respective
of Long Ago, Norman Rockwell, cover of Saturday Evening Post,
August 13, 1927
are Friends of the Phonograph who enjoy all connections to
that began with the Phonograph is a continuum.
We still have
record players and descendent technologies that record and reproduce
And most remarkably
we have a physical phonograph record (the "Golden Record
still travelling with the Voyager spacecrafts into interstellar space.
Go to the Jet
Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) website and read about the "Golden
Record". Real time numbers display how far these records have
already travelled. It's also a bit mind-bending that these Voyager
phonograph records could potentially exist longer than humans on Earth.
Golden Record cover
Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 were launched in 1977, one-hundred years
after the invention of the Phonograph. The Golden Record attached
on the outside of each spacecraft is Earth's "message in the
bottle" and "greetings from Earth". (3)
Next time you
hear recorded sound remember the Phonograph. It's a Revolution
of the Phonograph and other stories
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"The Talking Phonograph", Scientific American, December
for a listing of sounds of Earth on Voyager's Golden Record
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Voyager's phonograph records used a needle and "grooves"
and were not laser discs although images were viewable on the discs.
The record was analog technology and the audio was played at 16
2/3 rpm. The overall intent was remarkable - communicate "a
story of our world to extraterrestrials."
more information about this Voyager phonograph record sent to the
stars, read Carl Sagan's "Murmurs of Earth" or visit NASA's Jet
Propulsion Laboratory website "What
is the Golden Record?"
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