The history of recorded music

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  • Thomas Edison invented first machine that could record sound

    Thomas Edison invented first machine that could record sound
    In 1877, Thomas found a way to record sound by using two needles on tinfoil cylinders. One needle for recording and the other for playback. This was the creation of the phonograph. The first words he had recorded were 'Mary had a little lamb'.
  • Graphaphone

    Graphaphone
    Alexander Graham Bell, Chichester Bell, and Charles Tainter of the Volta laboratory obtained several patents for a commercial talking machine which was the graphaphone. The graphaphone was based on Thomas 's phonograph. The stylus for the graphaphone was more of a cutting tool and the tinfoil was replaced with more durable wax cylinders. These changes made the machine easier to use and the play back was much clearer. Edison was asked to join the 3, but he did not.
  • The Edison Phonograph created and sold to the public

    The Edison Phonograph created and sold to the public
    Marked the beginning of the sound recording industry. The first records sold by edison and columbia phonograph companies were on wax cylinders.
  • Gramophone

    Gramophone
    Emile Berliner was an early developer and inventor of audio technology including the Gramophone (sound recorder). He was the first inventor to stop recording on cylinders and start recording on flat disks. The first piece that was recorded was "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star". He had also invented a method of mass producing copies of an original record.
  • Improvement of the Gramophone

    Improvement of the Gramophone
    Eldridge Johnson improved the gramophone with a motor designed by Levi Montross.
  • telegraphone

    telegraphone
    magnetic recording was invented by Valdemar Poulsen and was seen in the telegraphone.
  • Wax cylinders discontinue

    Wax cylinders discontinue
    Columbia ceased production of wax cylinders in 1909 when discs became popular.
  • Electrical recording was experimented

    Electrical recording was experimented
    The first million seller was produced with 'Japanese Sandman’ coupled with ‘Whispering’ by Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra, which became a craze that boosted the record industry in that decade.
  • The first electrical recordings was issued

    The first electrical recordings was issued
    Victor and Colombia in the US, issued the first electrical recordings.
  • record companies adapted sound

    record companies adapted sound
    Many major film producers now used sounds on film.
  • Manufacturing of Magnetic recording tapes.

    Manufacturing of Magnetic recording tapes.
    BASF [German: Badische Anilin- und Soda-Fabrik] (Baden Aniline and Soda Factory) which is a company that produces chemicals, manufactured 50,000 metres of magnetic recording tape for use by AEG for large scale experiments.
  • The first public demonstration of the Magnetophon tape recorder

    The first public demonstration of the Magnetophon tape recorder
    AEG-Telefunken gave the first public demonstration of the Magnetophon tape recorder at the Berlin Funkausteilung.
  • first automatic answering machine

    first automatic answering machine
    Mr. Willy Müller invented the answering machine and it was popular with Orthodox Jews who were forbidden to answer the phone on the Sabbath.
  • world war II

    world war II
    During the 1940's in ww2, the recorded music and the radio industry was largely used by the soldiers to entertain their boredom
  • The best sellers list for records

    The best sellers list for records
    Nat King Cole's records hit the top of the chart in 1951, with the song 'Too Young' being on the Hit Your Parade's Top 1 for 4 consecutive weeks.
  • Cassette tapes

    Cassette tapes
    The Philips Company of the Netherlands invented and released the first compact audio-cassette using high-quality polyester 1/8-inch tape produced by BASF.
  • tape cassette player

    tape cassette player
    The first tape cassette player available in the U.S. was a portable model made by the Norelco Company, the Carry Corder.
  • CD

    CD
    Sony and Philips get credit for developing the compact disc in 1981, But James Russell developed it in 1965, 20 years earlier in the Tri-Cities. The CD gained popularity only after Philips started manufacturing it in 1980 on a commercial basis.
  • Quadrophonic records came out in the market

    Quadrophonic  records came out in the market
    A four channel record called Quadrophonic record was released in the market place. However, the public weren't interested in it because of the confusion of incompatible systems and the economic climate.
  • Voicemail

    Voicemail
    Gordon Matthews had invented the voicemail.
    Quoting "When I call a business, I like to talk to a human"
  • MPEG

    MPEG
    Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) was made as a subcommittee of the International Standards Organization/International Electrotechnical Commission or ISO/IEC.
  • Fraunhofer MP3 creator

    Fraunhofer received a German patent for the creation of MP3's
  • MP3

    MP3
    Portable MP3 players appear
  • The First Ipod was released

    The First Ipod was released
    The very first Ipod classic was released by Apple with the capacity of 5, 10 GBs and the battery life of 10 hours.
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