Listen: 140 Years of Recorded Sound

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The British Library will be putting on a small exhibition in their entrance hall about the last 140 years of recorded sound.

The British Library has a huge sound archive that goes all the way back to the first phonograph in 1877. They will show how sound has captured historical moments, and how radio transformed 20th century society.

You will be able to step into a listening booth and hear everything from James Joyce reading Ulysses, to the 1922 Wireless Log of 16-year-old Alfred Taylor, who's work is practically a precursor to a modern-day vlog.

There will also be a display of old record players and recording machines.


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