There was a time not so long ago when sound existed only in time and in place. If you weren’t physically close enough to the the source of the sound at the time it was made, and listening, you’d missed your chance. Music was only ever heard performed live and none of the famous musicians and singers of the day would have been seen by more than a (relative) handful of people. Their reputations were based on being heard of, not being heard.
The first sound recording was made in 1857. It took twenty years before any recording was played back. Within ten years there was an international record business and a musician could be heard anywhere on the planet and at any point of time in the future. Recording captured sound. And then gave it immortality and omnipresence.
This blog is dedicated to the story of how recording came into being and how it conquered the world. We are specifically interested in the fine work of the EMI Group Archive Trust but we want to look wider at how the sound got on the rounds and all the widgets that made the digits, particularly those people like Charles Cros who plucked the very sounds from the air with their audio “butterfly nets”
We’d like to make contact with people who are interested in the history of recorded music and share information. We are getting ourselves organised at the moment but until we have something properly sorted you can get in touch via the comment section. We welcome you to do so.