28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
The Dickson Experimental Sound Film
director: William K. L. Dickson
original title: The Dickson Experimental Sound Film
country: United States
running time: 1 min.
synopsisThe film made in Edison᾽s studio Black Maria was to test the kinetophone – the machine which was both a kinetograph and a phonograph. It shows two men dancing in a tight embrace to violin music played by Dickson himself. He plays straight to the metal horn of the phonograph, recording the music. The picture and the sound were synchronized at the end of the 20th century.
biographyWilliam Kennedy Dickson (1860–1935) was a British inventor and Thomas Edison᾽s employee. In 1888, Edison charged him to invent a kinetograph – a machine able to record motion picture, and then a kinetoscope – a motion-picture exhibition device with a peephole viewer window, which enabled one person at a time to watch the footage. Dicksonʼs success lead to the establishment of the first film studio in the world – Black Maria.
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