How Music Has Changed Over The Last 100 Years

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  • Thomas Edison demonstrates the first "talking movie"

    Thomas Edison demonstrates the first "talking movie"
    "I am experimenting upon an instrument which does for the eye what the phonograph does for the ear, which is the recording and reproduction of things in motion ...."
    --Thomas A. Edison, 1888
  • FM begins broadcasting in the United States

    FM begins broadcasting in the United States
    On January 5, 1940, Edwin H. Armstrong demonstrated FM broadcasting in a long-distance relay network, via five stations in five States. FM radio was assigned the 42 to 50 MHz band of the spectrum in 1940.
  • 33rpm introduced

    33rpm introduced
    33rpm (LP) was introduced by Columbia Records
  • 45 rpm introduced

    45 rpm introduced
    The 45 rpm record was introduced in 1949 by RCA
  • "Overdubbing"

    "Overdubbing"
    Les Paul discovered the idea of playing multiple instruments at one time and recording them,
    "He would play rhythm, and then he’d step on his pedal and the rhythm would continue, and then he would play some lead over it. And I’m thinking to myself, ‘S**t, if it wasn’t for Les Paul, man, that wouldn’t even have been [possible]."
  • Sony Walkman

    Sony Walkman
    In 1980 Sony came out with the first "Walkman"
    "First released in Japan, it was a massive hit: while Sony predicted it would only sell about 5,000 units a month, the Walkman sold upwards of 50,000 in the first two months"
  • Compact Disk and PC!!

    Compact Disk and PC!!
    in 1981 Compact Disks (CDs) and PCs (computers) made their debut to the general public
  • MP3

    MP3
    British scientist Kane Kramer designed one of the earliest digital audio players, which he called the IXI. His 1979 prototype was capable of approximately one hour of audio playback but it did not enter commercial production. His UK patent application was not filed until 1981.[3] Apple Inc. hired Kramer as a consultant and presented his work as an example of prior art in the field of digital audio players during their litigation with Burst.com almost two decades later.
  • MP3

    MP3
    The Rio PMP300 was a portable consumer MP3 digital audio player (portable digital audio player), and was produced by Diamond Multimedia. It was introduced September 15, 1998, and it shipped later that year
  • Good Rockin'

    Good Rockin'
    Good Rocking Tonight" was originally a jump blues song released in 1947 by its writer, Roy Brown and was covered by many other recording artists. The song includes the memorable refrain, "Well I heard the news, there's good rocking tonight!" The song anticipated elements of rock and roll music
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    How music has changed over the last 100 years

    this timeline shows the change in music over the last 100 years, from blues to rock and roll to todays techno