New Talking Machines.
As a saving in the time given up to writing, the phonograph promises to far outstrip the typewriter. The business man can dictate to the phonograph as fast as he can talk, and the wax cylinder, enclosed in a suitable box, can be sent off by mail to read out its message perhaps thousands of miles away. Or else, as is now done in Mr Edison's laboratory in Orange, N.J., the typewriter girl can print out upon paper what her employer nas dictated to the phonograph. For the reporter, the editor, and the author who can dictate, a device has been adapted to the phonograph which causes It to stop its message at every tenth word, and to continue only when a spring is touched. Thus the editor can dictate his article to the phonograph as he doeß now to his stenographer, and when the printer at thcease gets the resulting phonogram the instrument -will dictate to him in short sentences. If he cannot set up the sentence at one hearing, it will repeat its ten words. If ho is satisfied, it reads out ten words more. I really see no reason why the newspaper of the future should not come to the subscriber fn the shape of a phonogram. It would have to begin, however, with a table of contents, in order that one might not have to listen to a two hours' speech upon the tariff question in order to get at ten lines of a musical notice. But think what a musical critic might bo able to do for the public. He might give them whole arias from any opera or movements from a symphony, by way of proof or illustration. The very toneß of an actor's or singer's voice might be reproduced in the morning notice of last night's important dramatic or musical event. It has been remarked, by the way, that business letters and orders by phonograph would not be so binding as when put in black-and-white upon paper. A little wax cylinder covered with microscopic dots would not bo considered as good evidence in Court. But if the speaker's voice, inflection, accent, were so reproduced that witnesses could swear to tho personality, would it not suffice? How could there be any dispute over a man's will when the voice of the dead man was heard ? In music, as I have already said, the value of the phonograph even in its present condition is indisputable. Musicians are divided, and probably always will be, as to the manner fn which certain famous symphonies ought to be conducted. The metronome marks used by Beethoven are but uncertain guides at best, while no written directions as to dynamic values, expression, etc., are worth much. The phonograph will at least make it possible for the musician of tho future to know exactly how our composers wished their muslo given, for it will repeat that music as played today with every shade of expression, with all its infinite changes of time.—' Atlantic Monthly.'
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New Talking Machines., Evening Star, Issue 7917, 27 May 1889
New Talking Machines. Evening Star, Issue 7917, 27 May 1889
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