Vintage video: The 1895 Dickson Experimental Sound Film

by Josh Kimball

There are a lot of WORDS in this video (which I should now note, is a potentially interesting cross-platform, a-contextual, medium-bending use of YouTube), but the moving pictures start at just about the 1:00 mark. This is supposedly the first live film with recorded sound, and shows William Dickson playing a violin into a giant phonograph – along with two guys dancing.

(There’s a thorough explanation of the project on the YouTube page.)