Recording History

  • Ear Phoautograph

    Alexander Graham Bell uses a human ear – from a corpse – cut out with a chunk of the skull and attached to a stylus. This 'phonautograph' made its recordings on a moving strip of ash-coated glass.
  • Phonautograph

    Leon Scott makes a phonautograph, the earliest in recording history. It had a cone-shaped horn which directed the sound to a flexible piece. There was a small point which scratched marks onto an ash-coated cylinder which was manually rotated. The recordings were not detailed enough to play back intelligible sounds and they often were shorter than one second.
  • Telephone

    Alexander Graham Bell shows off his telephone to the public.
  • Electromagnet Devices

    Thomas Edison comes up with the idea of using a sensitive electromagnet device to record telephone messages by carving onto a piece of wax-coated paper. However, two months before him, a French guy named Charles Cros described a similar concept.
  • Phonograph

    Thomas Edison unveils the first fully-functional phonograph.
  • Vinyl Disc

    The Vinyl disk replaces the phonograph. They are extremely popular in pop culture and when someone gets a gold or platinum in a single they sing, they will get a vinyl disk framed with their album cover for the song. (1920's)
  • Digital Recording

    A British scientist invents something that could record and slightly edit sounds. This was the start to digital recording. His name was Alex Reeves.
  • Casette

    The first casette is created by Philips and it was made to store audio. These were the most common type of ways to listen to music.
  • CD

    Philips and Sony manufactures a CD which changes what method people listen to music. These are what you buy nowadays.
  • The Walkman

    The Walkman is introduced. This was extremely handy since people could walk and listen to music. It has now invovled into an MP3 and I-pod.