Connections for Phonographians
has two sites that celebrate the Phonograph and its legacy:
of the Phonograph and PhonoArt
Revolution of Sound
With the completion
of the Phonograph on December 6,
1877 the revolution of sound began, culturally and in rpms.
Edison and his head machinist, John Kruesi, had successfully captured
the human voice and played it back on Edison's "Talking Phonograph".
Phonographia are objects
and images that contribute to our memory of the Phonograph.
Phonographia are found
in art, advertisements, literature, photographs, movies, greeting
cards, postcards, cartoons and other popular culture formats.
Each example of Phonographia
is a connection in a myriad of time-line moments and stories that
connect with the Phonograph.
Dreams of Long Ago, Norman Rockwell,
cover of Saturday Evening Post, August 13, 1927
Phonographians are Friends
of the Phonograph who enjoy all connections to the Phonograph.
The revolution that began
with the Phonograph is a continuum.
We still have record players
and also descendent technologies that record and reproduce sound waves.
We have recorded sound
from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century.
And 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 to read about the "Golden Record"
and see real-time numbers of how far Voyagers 1 and 2 currently are
Next time you hear recorded
sound remember the Phonograph. It's a Revolution still turning!
for "Memories of the Phonograph" and other stories
Someone Happy - Wind a Phonograph
(1) "The Talking Phonograph", Scientific American,
December 22, 1877.
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