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Users' Guide for the RCA Photophone Sound-on-Film System, ca. 1930-1933.++ "The trouble about these beautiful, novel things is that they interfere so with one's arrangements. Every time I see or hear a new wonder like this I have to postpone my death right off." Mark Twain (1906)++ Printed by RCA Photophone, Inc., New York, U.S.A. 11x8.5", 11 pages, with 12 original photographs of equipment, plus a large folding schematic. Printed ca. early 1930's. No copies located in WorldCat/OCLC. +++ "RCA Photophone was the trade name given to one of four major competing technologies that emerged in the American film industry in the late 1920s for synchronizing electrically recorded audio to a motion picture image. RCA Photophone was an optical sound, "variable-area" film exposure system, in which the modulated area (width) corresponded to the waveform of the audio signal. The three other major technologies were the Warner Bros. Vitaphone sound-on-disc system, as well as two "variable-density" sound-on-filmsystems, Lee De Forest's Phonofilm, and Fox-Case's Movietone. When Joseph P. Kennedy and other investors merged Film Booking Offices of America (FBO) with the Keith-Albee-Orpheum theater chain and Radio Corporation of America, the resulting movie studio RKO Radio Pictures used RCA Photophone as their primary sound system.”--Wikipedia The machine -- eventually branded the RCA Photophone -- failed to catch on, in part because 35 mm film was expensive and required time-consuming photographic processing before it could be played back. The device lost out to competing technologies and was eventually abandoned.--retrothing.com “The research engineers of the General Electric Company and the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company, being aware about ten years ago of the probable value to the theatrical industry of an effective system of sound motion picture production, initiated fundamental researches which have been carried forward to the point of fully meeting the aims of these investigators. The resulting basic methods, suitably developed, and tested by extensive commercial experience in the studio recording and theater reproducing installations of RCA Photophone, Inc., form a complete and modern system which is at present widely used in the sound motion picture industry. .”-Proceedings of the Institute of Radio Engineers Volume 18, Number 10 October, 1930. “THE RCA PHOTOPHONE SYSTEM OF SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCTION FOR SOUND MOTION PICTURES* BY ALFRED N. GOLDSMITH AND MAX C. BATSEI The introduction of sound-on-film motion pictures--the Talkies--was a major innovation and social experience--to hear people talking seemingly on-screen was at first an astonsihing moment for many: "On the evening of February 15, 1931 four journalists were invited to the London offices of the Producers Distributing Company, an American film distributor," as documented by Jean-Marc Pelletier (2009). There, the engineer Eric Allan Humphriss, who had been working on the RCA Photophone sound-on-film technology, reproduced in front of the journalists the vocal line "all of a tremble" that he had manually painted in ink "on a strip of cardboard" and then "photographed onto the sound track of a blank film." By all accounts the journalists themselves trembled.18 Cecil Thompson (1931, p. 1) opened his report for the Daily Express by setting the atmosphere: "Four men sat in a darkened room in London"; then, astonished by the events, he imparted that his biases about the supernatural had been superseded by the progress of technology, "It was not a spiritualistic séance. There was nothing supernatural about the phenomenon. The experience can only be described as the birth of the world's eighth wonder-the creation of the 'robot' voice"." --"Re-voicing" Reality: Synthesis as Simulation", in "Sound Synthesis, Representation and Narrative Cinema in the Transition to Sound (1926-1935)”, by Maurizio Corbella; Anna Katharina Windisch, in Cinemas : Revue. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: Operating Instruction for RCA Photophone ...
Año de publicación: 1932
Encuadernación: Soft cover
Condición del libro: Very Good
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