Thursday, March 27, 2008

The original lo-fi

Decades before Edison. Hats off to Jody Rosen for an incredible story.

Fidelity in 1860 wasn’t so high, though. (Clip.)


Anonymous said...

That is fantastically steam-punky. Between this and the recent re-evaluation of the work of Nikola Tesla, I'm beginning to believe that Edison was better at self-promotion than invention.

B. said...

Don't forget, though, that this earlier invention only RECORDED sound; it had no playback mechanism, which Edison's did.