24 Inventions That Changed Music

A brief timeline of key breakthroughs in recorded sound
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Microphone (1877)

Thomas Edison scored the patent (as he was wont to do), but British telegraph pioneer David Edward Hughes is commonly recognized as the auteur of our first functioning microphone. By loosely packing carbon granules in a confined space, Hughes discovered that sound vibrations resulted in varying electrical currents and a more balanced reproduction. His first demonstration involved broadcasting scratching insects, a clear forerunner for nü-metal frontmen of the late 20th century.

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