Connections for Phonographians
has two sites that celebrate the Phonograph and its legacy:
Friends of the Phonograph and
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
Next time you
hear recorded sound remember the Phonograph. It's a Revolution
here for "Memories of the Phonograph"
and other stories
Someone Happy - Wind a Phonograph
Phonographia Copyright © 2001-2018 by Doug Boilesen
and Friends of the Phonograph ©. All Rights Reserved.
"The Talking Phonograph", Scientific American, December
for a listing of sounds of Earth on Voyager's Golden Record
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