Friday, November 13, 2015

The first recording studio was also the first film studio

Edison's recording studio - the first
Things have progresses since Thomas Edison's first experiments in recorded music. Even at that early stage, you can see that they weren't afraid to change how some things were done, for example the piano on a platform, presumably positioned for optimal pickup by the long recording horn that leads to a wax cylinder recorder.

The basics are often the most interesting because they point out considerations that have been present from the start of the activity - in this case, the proximity of the instrument to the recording device, which is still a matter one has to pay attention to.

Edison was also working on motion pictures and there is an early movie shot in this studio that shows a violin being recorded while two men dance. It is very probably the very first moving images of sound recording.

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