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Noise in the Groove: The Origin of Sound Recording

History • Music • Arts

This podcast ponders the moment we began to play back recorded sounds. It’s a factual history of the phonograph and gramophone, but told through dreams and nightmares of the voices of the dead, the nature of time, the rapture, AI, androids, elephants, canned foods, mechanical menaces, alchemy, andRead more

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