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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

DUST TO DIGITAL

Converting to sound everything from medieval music manuscripts to historic telegrams, and from seventeenth-century barrel organ programmes to eighteenth-century 'notations' of Shakespearean recitation. Including the world’s oldest known 'sound recordings' in the sense of sound vibrations automatically recorded out of the air — the groundbreaking phonautograms recorded in Paris by Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville in the mid-1800s — as well as the oldest gramophone records, like inventor Emile Berliner’s recitation of Der Handschuh, played back from an illustration in a magazine. Other highlights include the oldest known recording of identifiable words spoken in the English language (1878) and the world’s oldest surviving trick recording, from 1889.
Sumptuously presented: a 140-page book full of fascinating images and notes, in a debossed hard cover, ten inches wide, like a photo album, gold-foiled around the edges.

  • Balbastre’s Romance (1778)
  • / This Is a Sound Spectrogram (ca. 1957-1980)
  • / Scripture’s Curves (ca. 1906-1916)
  • / Phonophotography (ca. 1928)
  • / Peasant Songs of Great Russia (1905)
  • / Speech on Forefather’s Day (1898)
  • / Numbers and Letters (1889)
  • / Melography (1880-1885)
  • / Schalldruck (1889)
  • / Der Handschuh (1889)
  • / Balance to Corners (1879)
  • / Sailing, Sailing (1885)
  • / From Chopin’s Berceuse (1900)
  • / Au Clair de la Lune — S’il Faut Qu’a Ce Rival—Vole, Petite Abeille (1860)
  • / Gamme De La Voix — Epellation Du Mot Rira — Le Jour N’est Pas Plus Pur — Chi Crederia Che Sotto Forme Umane — Et Incarnatus Est (1860) Phonautograms from 1857
  • / Magia Phonotactica (1650)
  • / Sprachzeichner (1885)
  • / Manometric Flames (1872-1898)
  • / Brown University, How Do You Do? (1878)
  • / Clemens Rector Aeterne (ca. 1250)
  • / Alleluia (ca. 1250)
  • / Dots Before Scott’s (1677-1850)
  • / Scolica Enchiriadis (ca. 980)
  • / Musica Enchiriadis (ca. 980)
  • / Melody and Measure of Speech (1775-1827)
  • / What Hath God Wrought? (1838-1844)
  • / Barcelonnette (1778)