The picture above was made in 1919 during the Victory Liberty Loan and the lamp-like objects hanging above the crowd are so-called loud-speaking telephone receivers. The crowd had “the unusual sensation of having spoken messages come to them out of … read more
Through his intensive occupation with recording and reproducing music, the conductor Hermann Scherchen (1891-1966) became aware of the enormous amount of people listening to music through loudspeakers. He was concerned with the difference between the complex sound diffusion during a … read more
Philips Pavilion (1958) by Le Corbusier, Iannis Xenakis and Edgar Varèse:
Neo Bechstein demonstration from 1933 “it is heard through the medium of a loud-speaker” (I love how she pronounces loud-speaker!).
Leslie tone cabinet
A “completely satisfactory” Enrico Caruso recording from 1902: