EXHIBITS: Recorded History

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Science  18 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5593, pp. 501
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5593.501d

If you're of a certain age, you might remember antiquities such as the Betamax player, the eight-track tape, and maybe even that 1940s wonder, the wire recorder. Follow the rise and fall of recording technologies with this timeline compiled by historian Steve Schoenherr of the University of San Diego. It tracks developments in audio and video from Thomas Edison's first recording of human speech in 1877 to today's giant-screen IMAX films and desktop film editing. Schoenherr also delves into topics such as the history of loudspeakers and the transition from mammoth carbon microphones to smaller electronic models. The pages brim with photos, explanatory diagrams, contemporary articles and advertisements, and sound files of early recordings.


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