The resulting "phonautograms" proved crucial to the development of recorded sound.
Scott was interested solely in the visible tracings of sound waves in order to study acoustics and did not record with the intention of playing back or listening to his recordings.
These UCSB audio "snapshots" of everyday life are perhaps the most authentic audio documents of the period: songs sung by children, instrumentals, jokes, and ad-libbed narratives.
The vast majority of vernacular wax recordings remain in private hands or uncatalogued in institutions.
A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale This was our book group read for August, which we discussed earlier this week – and we scored yet another hit!
I certainly loved this novel, and although not all in the group quite shared my enthusiasm for it, everyone seemed to enjoy it.This familiar sounding and uncomplicated tune was sung by Johnson in a down-home, gruff baritone and completed with his infectious laughter, all remarkably free of the caricature and forced dialect that marked most African American-themed material of the period."Laughing Song" was tremendously successful, with versions released in the US and Europe.A full list of all Registry-named recordings with descriptions noting their aesthetic, historic or cultural significance.For many recordings, nationally-known scholars have kindly contributed short essays describing further the work's importance, and are available as indicated.In the second half of 1888, Gouraud marketed the machine by hosting recording demonstrations with celebrity guests and, perhaps accidentally, preserved for posterity the voices of prominent poets, scientists, musicians and politicians, including future Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone and Sir Arthur Sullivan of Gilbert & Sullivan.The first of these recordings was the Handel Festival at the Crystal Palace.With its ragtime-imbued accompaniment, its stature is inestimable: here is perhaps the most popular recording of the 1890s, and probably the first "hit" sung by an African American.Learn more (PDF, 87KB) Listen in National Jukebox The first recording of America's favorite march.Hugh De Coursey Hamilton, who worked for Gouraud and Edison, captured a 4,000-voice chorus performing "Israel in Egypt" from the press balcony 100 yards away.Gouraud also recorded his friends, family and business partners.