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The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall and Rise of Thomas Alva Edison
a two-part story produced by The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson & Nikki
Silva that explores the recorded legacy of the near-deaf inventor of the
Part II: The Competition
Jenny Lind and Melba Advertisement for Edison
The idea of recording something for posterity was really one of the important ideas in creating the industry of recorded sound. Great moments of culture were going by --Caruso, Dame Melba. If you werenít there, if you werenít at the Metropolitan Opera House you were going to miss it. The industry of recorded sound said, "Here is your chance to capture this historic moment."
Edison was completely against creating stars. He saw the expense, the inconvenience, and he didnít get along with the Carusos of this world. He was a rough and ready westerner and he rubbed the the wrong way. As a businessman he said "Letís not even put the name of the performer on the recording.
Let the listener decide. But on the other hand, Victor went with the Star and it sold."
Caruso Advertisement for Victor
The sounds in the story range from the first ever recorded words to
diamond discs cut in 1927. Some of these archival artifacts are worn by
time and play. But listen and you will hear some of the oldest sound
recordings that exist anywhere.
The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall and Rise of Thomas Alva Edison Part II
was produced by The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva in
collaboration with David Giovannoni and Jim Anderson. Mixed by Robin
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