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Music 1950-1974

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  • first transcontinental telegraph line

    Western Union completes the first transcontinental telegraph line -- providing coast-to-coast communications during the U.S. Civil War.
  • Phonograph

    Edison invents the cylinder "phonograph" used to record and playback sound. Originally thought to be useful as a business machine for dictation (like the dictaphone which would come later.) Other uses: recordings of plays pre-dating Radio Drama nearly 50 years.
  • microphone

    Emile Berliner invents the first microphone and sells the rights to Bell Telephone.
  • Jukebox

    Louis Glass invents the modern jukebox (coin-operated phonograph) and installs it at the "Palais Royal" saloon in San Francisco where it is an immediate hit.
  • 12 inche diameter records

  • Diode Thermionic valve

  • Clockwork gramophone motors

  • Linear speed recording

  • Microphone

  • electric recording

  • Vitaphone

    -Vitaphone introduces a sound system to synchronize music and sound effects with a motion picture; It uses a 16-inch disc turntable that is connected to the projector. Operators have to continuously adjust the synchronization of the grooves to the picture, which was not perfect.
  • RCA

    RCA convinces phonograph labels including its own Victor label as well as Columbia and other manufacturers to standardize on 78.26 rpm as the speed of all phonograph records. Previous disk recording speeds might vary anywhere up to 80rpm in the U.S. and even as high as 90rpm in England.
  • Recordings

    Edison Co. ceases the manufacturing of sound recordings.
  • 1932

    An experimental "binaural" phonograph system is created by Bell laboratories. The two channels of sound were on separate grooves of a 78rpm vinyl record, requiring a special stylus mechanism to play both channels simultaneously; The system, which also required dual-channel amplifiers and additional speakers, was expensive and was not marketed commercially.
  • Tip Top

    Billboard magazine publishes its first chart of top-selling records.
  • Radio

    Regular FM Radio broadcasting begins in New York City.
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    Music Technology

  • Plate reverb

    EMT releases plate reverb this is an electro mechanical device. this is like a loud speacker but with out the paper cone.
  • Stero tapes

    Stero tapes
    Stero tape recordings first appear
  • Mellotron

    Mellotron
    this is the first keyboard to actually you the sound of the actual instrusment.
  • Robert Moog

    Robert Moog
    Robert Moog shows elements of his first synthesizers.
  • Lexicon

    Lexicon introduces the first digital delay line. this gives the echo effects in songs.
  • CPU

    CPU
    CPU is invented. Until now, all electronic equipment
    has used discrete components to do particular jobs.
  • cassette

    Invented by Charles B.Grinburg
  • VHS

    Video tape in a large cassette format introduced by both JVC and Panasonic in the year of.
  • Ethernet

    Local Computer Network.
  • Dolby Cassette tape

    The Dolby A, C, and the short lived Dolby S were a revolution in portable music. Both were made by the Sony Company.
  • Floppy Disk

    Invented by Allan Shugart in 1952 first sold in 1976 by Sony.
  • Ink Jet Printer

    First introduced in 1953 then sold in mass in 1977.
  • The fcc requires cable tv systems

    Oer 3,500 Cable Subscribers in 1980.