The Phonograph

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Technology Documentary hosted by Earl Boen, published by History Channel broadcasted as part of HC Modern Marvels series in 1996 - English narration

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In 1877, for the first time, voices, music, the barking of dogs--and all sorts of other sounds could be recorded, played back, and preserved for posterity. All through the marvel of the phonograph. Surprisingly the man who created the phonograph, Thomas Alva Edison, had no theoretical background in acoustics, and only a few months of formal schooling. And ironically, he was half deaf. Thomas Edison was not the first to record sound, but his competition with Alexander Graham Bell and other inventors led to the phonograph that created thousands of new jobs and gave birth to the music recording industry. First radio and then electronic recording contributed to the eventual decline in the phonograph's popularity. With more than 1,000 patents to his credit, Thomas Alva Edison was perhaps the greatest inventor in history. But his favorite creation--the one he always called "my baby"--was one of his first: the phonograph. How did a man with so little schooling and no background in acoustics invent a way to turn vibrations into a replayable recording? This extraordinary program follows Edison on his great journey of discovery, from the early tinkerings with telegraphy and his first recording ("Mary Had a Little Lamb") to his triumphant demonstrations at the White House. New information and rare photographs introduce Edison's chief rivals, including the famed inventor Alexander Graham Bell, and reveal how Edison's team approach outfoxed the competition.

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Video Codec: XviD ISO MPEG-4
Video Bitrate: 2161 kbps
Video Resolution: 704x536
Video Aspect Ratio: 1.313:1
Frames Per Second: 29.970
Audio Codec: 0x2000 (Dolby AC3) AC3
Audio Bitrate: 192kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 43:58.796
Number Of Parts: 1
Part Size: 744 MB
Source: PDTV
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