Martinville Phonautograph by Koenig, 1865 (Teylers Museum, Harleem - NL)Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, inventor of sound recordingEdison Phonograph, 1877, Museum of Science, MadridThe Beatles - The "White Album" 50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition
Dear Sirs, I am here to announce some wonderful news: the human voice can write itself.
140 years ago, we lost Edouard-Léon Scott de Martinville (1817-1879) who was the first to make a sound recording of the human voice: the phonautograph. Rather strangely, he remained in the shadows far flung from the promised fortune and success.
Au Clair de la Lune, on Martinville Phonautograph by Koenig, 1860
His invention was taken over by its manufacturer, Rudolph Koenig, and then by the industrialist Thomas Edison who, after having caught scarlet fever, mortal at the time, escaped albeit with debilitating hearing loss.
The Phonograph was born. As Laurent de Wilde wrote, it had one less syllable, but one more function as it reproduced the sound recorded. According to Edison, the Phonograph would allow us to hear sounds until now inaudible, as the Phonograph did not simply make do with reproducing sounds, it amplified them.
This auditive acuity was rather surprising for a man who was half deaf!
On 15th April 1981, at the Salzburg Festival, Karajan presented a prototype of a compact digital audio disc developed by Philips and Sony, which used a laser beam and a lens. This CD had a diameter of 11.5 cm. Norio Ogha, right arm to the CEO of Sony and music lover, imposed a total diameter of 12 cm as it was important for Beethoven's 9th Symphony to be able to fit on a single disc. However, the longest version lasted 74 minutes; this duration was incompatible with 11.5 cm discs and the 60-minute duration recommended by Philips.
In 2019, movie theaters would undergo major changes.
The arrival of laser lighting increased screen size, marking an end to energy-greedy xenon lightings and with a lifetime of around 1,000 to 2,000 hours.
Another future revolution is set to come as Sony and Samsung are working on plans to get rid of projection and offering a LED very large screen which offers an extremely precise and uniform image. It will no longer be necessary to use a light beam which sits a couple of metres above viewers heads. This volume will allow for larger seating area and will also mark the end of projection booths.
Thanks to these inventions, I advise you to once more listen to the Beatles double White Album which has just been re-released, and to sing out Love love love from the Blue one over the New Year, which will certainly be rock'n'roll!