THE KINETAPHONE: A THOMAS EDISON DANCE PARTY
In 1894 or 1895 inventor William K. L. Dickson, working for Thomas Edison, made The Dickson Experimental Sound Film at Edison's Black Maria movie production studio in West Orange, New Jersey. This was the first known film with live-recorded sound. It also appears to be the first motion picture made for the Edison-Dickson Kinetophone, the first sound film system. Why did it not go anywhere? Were people still just getting accustomed to movies in general and the addition of sound seemed to be a bit much? Or was it because of the above-posted movie itself, in which a n0t very good violinist plays a not very interesting riff while two strange men dance with each other? Was this considered normal back then? Or was Edison, always the innovator, predicting the coming of Monty Python?
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Posted by Raymond De Felitta at 11:34 AM