THE Audio Timeline By: THE James Tidwell THE January 8th, 2013
1877 • Thomas Edison invents the phonograph when he recovers Mary Little Lamb from a strip of tinfoil wrapped around a spinning cylinder.
1878 • Yankee Doodle by Jules Levy is the first music put on record.
1887 • Emile Berliner patents a flat disk gramophone, which makes production of multiple copies easier.
1888 • Thomas Edison invents an electric motor-driven phonograph.
1895 • Marconi successfully uses his wireless telegraph system in Italy. Which leads to the first signals across the Atlantic from Poldhu, Cornwall, UK to St. John's, Newfoundland in 1901.
1898 • ValdemarPoulsen invents the Telegraphone, which records magnetically on steel wire.
1901 • Victor Talking Machine Company is founded by Emile Berliner and Eldridge Johnson.
1906 • Lee DeForest invents the triode vacuum tube, which is the first electronic signal amplifier.
1912 • Major Edwin F. Armstrong invents the regenerative circuit, which allows radio reception to be easier and practical.
1913 • The first talking movie is done by Thomas Edison using his Kinetophone process, a cylinder player mechanically synchronized to a film projector.
1916 • The Society of Motion Picture Engineers (SMPE) is founded.
1917 • The Scully disk recording lathe is introduced.
1921 • The first am commercial radio is broadcasted in Pittsburgh PA. by KDKA.
1925 • The first electrically recorded 78 rpm disks appear.
1926 • O'Neill invents the iron oxide-coated paper tape.
1927 • "The Jazz Singer" is released , it is the first commercial talking picture. It uses the Vitaphone sound on disks which is synchronized with the film.
1929 • The "Blattnerphone" is developed for use as a magnetic recorder using steel tape.
1933 • Magnetic recording on steel wire is developed commercially.
1938 • RCA develops the first column loudspeaker array.
1940 • Walt Disney's "Fantasia" is released, with eight-track stereophonic sound.
1947 • Ampex produces its first tape recorder, the Model 200.
1950 • IBM develops a commercial magnetic drum memory.
1958 • The first commercial stereo disk recordings appear.
1963 • Philips introduces the Compact Cassette tape format, and offers licenses worldwide.
1975 • Digital tape recording begins to take hold in professional audio studios.
1981 • Philips demonstrates the Compact Disc (CD).
1984 • The Apple Corporation markets the Macintosh computer.
1985 • Dolby introduces the "SR" Spectral Recording system.
1990 • The write-once CD-R becomes a commercial reality.
1997 • DVD videodiscs and players are introduced.
1998 • Hutch Tidwell’s Birthday • MP-3 players for downloaded Internet audio appear.