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Pictures of Sound: One Thousand Years of Educed Audio, 980-1980.

Pictures of Sound: One Thousand Years of Educed Audio, 980-1980.


Feaster, Patrick.

Cl. Atlanta, 2012

Book ID: 93729

Over the past thousand years, countless images have been created to depict sound in forms that theoretically could be ñplayedî just as though they were modern sound recordings. Now, for the first time in history, this compilation uses innovative digital techniques to convert historic ñpictures of soundî dating back as far as the Middle Ages directly into meaningful audio. It contains the worldÍs oldest known ñsound recordingsî in the sense of sound vibrations automatically recorded out of the air„the groundbreaking phonautograms recorded in Paris by Ädouard-L_on Scott de Martinville in the 1850s and 1860s„as well as the oldest gramophone records available anywhere for listening today, including inventor Emile BerlinerÍs recitation of ñDer Handschuh,î played back from an illustration in a magazine, which international news media recently proclaimed to be the oldest audible ñrecordî in the tradition of 78s and vintage vinyl. Other highlights include the oldest known recording of identifiable words spoken in the English language (1878) and the worldÍs oldest surviving ñtrick recordingî (1889). But Pictures of Sound pursues the thread even further into the past than that by ñplayingî everything from medieval music manuscripts to historic telegrams, and from seventeenth-century barrel organ programs to eighteenth-century ñnotationsî of Shakespearean recitation.

144 pp.