The History of Sound

  • The Phonautograph.

    The Phonautograph.
    The first ever invention to record sound was created by a French inventor named Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville. The device was named "Phonautograph" and this device recorded vibrations it had heard from its surroundings. This device made it easier for the sounds to be studied since it recorded sound waves. The Phonautograph was created by using a horn which was connected to a diaphragm which had used a stiff bristle to vibrate and create sound waves.
  • The Phonograph.

    The Phonograph.
    Thomas Edison was an American inventor who had created the device known as "Phonograph" which recorded all sounds that was being heard. Instead of just picking vibrations like the phonautograph, the phonograph recorded all sounds and was able to be replayed whenever. This device was used to play music that was recorded on the device. The device uses a needle inside the device to vibrate and make sounds that is being heard while you turn the handle on the side of the cylinder of the phonograph.
  • The Gramophone

    The Gramophone
    The gramophone was invented in 1887 by a man named Emile Berliner who was a American-German inventor who also opened up his own company named "The United States Gramophone Company." The gramophone was the first sound device that did not use a cylinder to make noises, instead it used a flat disk known as "records." The first records were made of glass and zinc and later made of plastic. This allowed records to be made my molding them to sound like original copies of music.
  • The Kinetoscope.

    The Kinetoscope.
    The kinetoscope was a device created by Thomas Edison, the same creator of the phonograph two decades before. The kinetoscope was the first machine to match pictures to a film that only one person my view at a time by looking through a peep hole to see the film. It costed $0.25 to watch a film on the kinetoscope, watching films such as, "Dickson Greeting," "Men Boxing," and a few other films that were created in around 1891. Before the machine, films had no sound to go with them.
  • The Vitaphone.

    The Vitaphone.
    The vitaphone was a device that allowed film to be played while paired up with other sound devices to give sound and music to the film being played. The vitaphone was created by the Warner Brothers (Harry, Sam, Albert and Jack Warner) as well as its sister studio, "First National." This device later inspired films to be created and be able to play sounds while multiple viewers would watch and listen.
  • The first "Talkie"

    The first "Talkie"
    "Talkie" otherwise known as "talking pictures" were films that had sound and music played along with them. With the use of the Warner Bro's invention, the vitaphone, the film "The Jazzy Singer" was the first film to ever be publically played for viewers to watch and listen to. This film was played at Fulton Theatre, in Lancaster Pennsylvania. Talkies start becoming extremely popular and people were enjoying watching these films that had sounds being played.
  • The Cassette.

    The Cassette.
    The Cassette was an invention created by the company Philips. This device uses analog magnetic tape to play and replay any sounds or music that had been recorded on the cassette. The cassette sold in two forms, either prerecorded with sounds or music that were already on the tape (musicassettes) or they came completely blank allowing the user to record their own sounds and music.
  • Pong, the first video game with sound.

    Pong, the first video game with sound.
    An arcade video game named Pong was was created by Atari and was the first ever video game to have sound effects. Pong was a game which was sort of like tennis, the ball bounces back and forth as the user hits the ball to try to hit it past the AI controlling the other player to score a point. Pong used sound effects for every time the ball hit a wall, the player, or you scored a point.
  • The first SmartPhone.

    The first SmartPhone.
    The first ever smart phone was called the Simon Personal Communicator which was invented by IBM and was the first ever smart phone to have a touch screen with many features like a calendar, emails and more. This device has greatly effected todays society creating many smart phones like the iPhones and Samsung Galaxy used today.
  • Modern Audio Devices.

    Modern Audio Devices.
    In todays world, the use of audio devices are everywhere. Phone, TVs, smart phones, headphones, computers, microphones and many more, sound devices are used in everyone's daily life. Music can be heard at just the click of a button on a smart phone or computer, movies are projected at the nearest Cineplex theatre, or even on the bus listening to "Next stop, Dundas street West," sound devices are everywhere. Technology will on grow and advance, making better quality sound and more.