Program Overview [Jerry Fabris]

at this time it’s my honor and privilege
to introduce again our sound recordings curator here Jerry Fabris who’s going
to lead us in the next portion of our program so Jerry please come up thank
you thank you everyone I’m so glad this all worked out and we’re talking here I began working here in 1990 I was right
out of undergraduate with a history bachelor’s degree had a great love for
history great interest in sound and audio and I was told that this is the
book to read the old standby history of recorded sound from tin foil the stereo
but I Walter Welch and Oliver Reed has a big photo venison on I’m even before
page one and Edison has mentioned all throughout the book on page six is a
photo of leon scott de martinville phone autograph and it says leon Scott’s phone
autograph and early forerunner of modern photographs could resort we could record
sound but not reproduce it and that just struck me as whoa that’s a big question
mark that looks a lot like the photograph not like the photograph it
could record sound but there are only a few sentences about him in this book so
so many questions so many questions I’ve had in my mind about this for so many
years and so it makes me happy today we’re beginning to answer these
questions so that’s why I’m happy all right I want to just give you a quick
overview of the rest of the day here up until three o’clock well before three
o’clock we’re going to hear from David Giovanni and Patrick Feaster about their
their their great of recent research to help us understand who lands scott de
martinville was and a three o’clock we’re going to take
a break half-hour break we’ll have refreshments in the back the restrooms
are down the stairs and to your right after the break
Lorant scott de martinville is going to tell us about his great-grandfather from
a family perspective and then we’re going to have a couple previews of a new
biography of Leon’s got to Martinville and a new film documentary and then I
think the really exciting part Patrick Feaster is going to lead a
discussion titled Edison’s path to the phonograph what did he know and when did
he know it and David is going to be the discussion moderator and we have this
wireless microphone so we’d like to ask questions hand around the microphone and
have an open discussion and then in the end is the Sun the real fun we are going
to demonstrate these two machines this phone autograph leon scott de
martinville 1857 design and then an Edison tin foil phonograph here so will
will will demonstrate them both we can really see how they work and understand
how they work so let me first introduce David Giovanni David Juvonen he retired
from his day job to pursue his passion for very old sound recordings David is a
founder of the first of the first sounds initiative with its mission to make the
earliest sound recordings available to everyone first sounds is best known for
identifying and playing back edward leon scott de martinville phone autographed
recordings made in paris 20 years before Edison invented the phonograph two years
ago he shepherded Scott’s recording legacy humanity’s first recordings of
his own voice onto UNESCO s prestigious memory of the world register the Library
of Congress has incorporated part of his early disc collection into its online
national jukebox and the librarian of Congress has placed his collection of
wax cylinder home recordings on the prestigious National Recording registry
David produces historic reissues such as the Bicentennial tribute booklet we’ve
all received today he’s recipient of a Grammy and six additional Grammy
nominations David Oh David helped to help me put together the the exhibit and
did the first draft of the text and also helped me a great deal in bringing this
all together so welcome David

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