The Story of Sound
On view July 16 – December 31, 2020

On view July 16 – October 11, 2020

The Story of Sound highlights miSci’s collection of some of the most important sound recording artifacts in the world. The exhibition highlights how the sound recording industry evolved Edison’s tinfoil phonograph to the current digital age and features miSci’s efforts to use new digital technology to preserve early sound recordings. Highlights include:

  • America’s oldest surviving sound recording, an Edison tinfoil from 1878.
  • A rare Berliner gramophone from the 1890s. Emile Berliner invented the first disc phonograph.
  • An experimental 1920s ‘sound-on’ film recorder.
  • The Victrola phonograph and the story of Nipper, the source for the famous ‘dog-and-gramophone’ photograph and pairing.
  • Early magnetic recording technology, including the Play Talk, a rare magnetic recording toy from 1948.