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!).
David Pantalony plays on the 19th century Apparat zur künstlichen Zusammensetzung der Vocalklänge invented by Hermann von Helmholtz and built by Rudolph Koenig. This device was used to do research on the synthesis of vocal sounds.… read more
Leslie tone cabinet
A “completely satisfactory” Enrico Caruso recording from 1902: