Phonograph and Experimental Sound Recording, Wax Disc on Binder’s Board

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This is an experimental disc made in the Volta Laboratory, Washington, D.C. on an unknown date. It features two tunes of instrumental music. An unidentified cornet quartet plays “Killarney” and “Hot-Shot March.” The recording was found on an experimental piece of equipment, Cat. 287655.
Sound was recovered from this recording in 2013.
Patrick Feaster, “A Discography of Volta Laboratory Recordings at the National Museum of American History”
Leslie J. Newville, “Development of the Phonograph at Alexander Graham Bell's Volta Laboratory,” in Contributions from the Museum of History and Technology, United States National Museum Bulletin 218, Paper 5 (1959): 69-79.
Steven E. Schoenherr, “Charles Sumner Tainter and the Graphophone,”
Wile, Raymond R. "The Development of Sound Recording at the Volta Laboratory," Association for Recorded Sound Collections Journal 21, No. 2, 1990, pp. 208-225.
Currently not on view
overall: 15 in x 15 1/8 in x 12 in; 38.1 cm x 38.4175 cm x 30.48 cm
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Alexander Graham Bell
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