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Chapter 1. Film, Video, and Multimedia T... > A Brief History of Motion Pictures a...

A Brief History of Motion Pictures and Film Sound

People have been creating sound for motion pictures for over a century. Though the technology of recording sound has inevitably changed over the years, it is interesting to note that much remains the same. As with many modern-day inventions, sound technology all started with Thomas Edison.

Thomas Edison’s The Sneeze

My plan was to synchronize the camera and the phonograph so as to record sounds when the pictures were made, and reproduce the two in harmony…. We had the first of the so-called “talking pictures” in our laboratory thirty years ago—Thomas Edison 1925


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