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The Revolution of Sound

With the completion of the Phonograph on December 6, 1877 the revolution of sound began, culturally and in rpms.

Thomas Alva Edison and his head machinist, John Kruesi, had successfully captured the human voice and played it back on Edison's "Talking Phonograph". (1)


What are Phonographia?

Phonographia are objects and images and words that contribute to our memory of the Phonograph.

Phonographia 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 era.

Dreams of Long Ago, Norman Rockwell, cover of Saturday Evening Post, August 13, 1927


Who are Phonographians?

Phonographians are Friends of the Phonograph who enjoy all connections to the Phonograph.


The Phonograph Lives!

The revolution that began with the Phonograph is a continuum.

We still have record players and descendent technologies that record and reproduce sound waves.

And most remarkably we have a physical phonograph record (the "Golden Record (2)") 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.

Voyager's Golden Record cover



Remember the Phonograph!

Next time you hear recorded sound remember the Phonograph. It's a Revolution still turning!™


Memories of the Phonograph and other stories




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(1) "The Talking Phonograph", Scientific American, December 22, 1877


(2) Listen HERE for a listing of sounds of Earth on Voyager's Golden Record



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