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Sound Recording


See also Sound and Phonograph.

The first audio recording of a human voice was made on 9 April 1860 by French typesetter Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, on his invention, the phonautograph. Scott had made other recordings in the mid 1850s, but with imperfect equipment. Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877, founding the Edison Speaking Phonograph Company the following year.

W. E. Butterworth. Hi-Fi: From Edison's Phonograph to Quadraphonic Sound. Four Winds Press. 1977. 262pp.

Michael Chanan. Repeated Takes: A Short History of Recording and Its Effects on Music. Verso. 1995. 204pp.

Mark Coleman. Playback: From the Victrola to MP3, 100 Years of Music, Machines, and Money. Da Capo Press. 2005. 249pp.

Douglas Kahn. Noise, Water, Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts. MIT Press. 1999. 455pp.

Mark Katz. Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music. University of California Press. 2004. 276pp.

A. J. Millard. America on Record: A History of Recorded Sound. Cambridge University Press. 1995. 413pp.

David Morton. Off the Record: The Technology and Culture of Sound Recording in America. Rutgers University Press. 2000. 221pp.

David L. Morton, Jr.. Sound Recording: The Life Story of a Technology. JHU Press. 2006. 215pp.

Gianluca Sergi. The Dolby Era: Film Sound in Contemporary Hollywood. Manchester University Press. 2004. 209pp.

Jonathan Sterne. The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction. Duke University Press. 2003. 450pp.

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