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The First Music Video, 1895 The Dickson Experimental Sound Film.

This film, known as The Dickson Experimental Sound Film, is the first known film with live-recorded sound. The film features William Dicksonplaying the melody “Song of the Cabin Boy” from the light opera “The Chimes of Normandy“, composed by Robert Planquette in 1877. more »

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May 17 1965, Moog introduces the first analog synthesizer.

The Moog synthesizer, though Robert Moog preferred the former) may refer to any number of analog synthesizers designed by Dr. Robert Moog or manufactured by Moog Music, and is commonly used as a generic term for older-generation analog music synthesizers. more »

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Pet Sounds:Released May 16, 1966

Pet Sounds is the eleventh studio album by the American rock band The Beach Boys, released May 16, 1966, on Capitol Records. It has since been recognized as one of the most influential records in the history of popular music more »

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PopMark Media’s Confessions of a Small Working Studio: Bringing the Past Back to Life through Audio Restoration

PopMark Media’s Confessions of a Small Working Studio: Bringing the Past Back to Life through Audio Restoration By Lisa Horan Creative Audio Works is featured in Mix Online this month.  The original article can be found at MixOnline.com. So much of more »

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The myths and reality of vinyl records vs.CDs.

Vinyl always sounds better than CD As described below, despite decades of arguments, there is no technical proof of the sonic superiority of the vinyl medium compared to CD. One vinyl record may sound better than its equivalent CD for more »

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The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show Feb. 9, 1964

On this day in 1964, the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time, as teenage girls screamed hysterically in the audience and 73 million people watched from home — a record for American television at the more »

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Lindisfarne

Lindisfarne were a British folk/rock group from Newcastle upon Tyne established in 1970 (originally called Brethren and fronted by singer/songwriter Alan Hull. Their music combined a strong sense of yearning with an even stronger sense of fun. The original line-up more »

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Deconstructing Dad is a documentary dedicated to Raymond Scott, one of the true geniuses of the past century. As (hopefully) most of you will know, he was an accomplished musician, a very original composer and the inventor of some revolutionary more »

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The Wrecking Crew

  I had a chance to see the documentary “The Wrecking Crew” a few weeks ago. This documentary is a is a journey back to an era in the music industry that will never come again.  I hope that you have more »

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From the Collections, Sound Recordings Heard for the First Time

With help from scientists and preservation specialists, the National Museum of American History recovers sound from recordings that have been silenced for over a century One March morning in 2008, Carlene Stephens, curator of the National Museum of American History’s more »

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