phonographic arts

Dr. Tesla Discussing The Ether Space Wave Theory

“It was evident to me that wireless transmission of energy, if it could ever be accomplished, is not an invention; it is an art. Bell’s telephone, Edison’s phonograph, or my induction motor were inventions, but the wireless transmission of energy is an art that requires a great many inventions in combination.

“We are living on a planet that is rushing through space; this planet is partly conducting and partly insulating. If it were all conducting, or if it were all insulating, we could not transmit energy without wire. It is only because it is partly conducting and partly insulating that a glorious future for man is reserved through the application of this art.”

–Nikola Tesla

(From a pre-hearing interview with Nikola Tesla and his legal counsel in 1916 to protect his radio patents from the Guglielmo Marconi and the Marconi Company.)

[Fig. 1]:
“We are living on a planet of well-nigh inconceivable dimensions, surrounded by a layer of insulating air above which is a rarefied and conducting atmosphere. This is providential, for if all the air were conducting the transmission of electrical energy thru the natural media would be impossible.” –NT

[Fig. 2]:
“My early experiments have shown that currents of high frequency and great tension readily pass thru an atmosphere but moderately rarefied, so that the insulating stratum is reduced to a small thickness as will be evident by inspection of [Fig. 2], in which a part of the earth and its gaseous envelope is shown to scale. If the radius of the sphere is 12½”, then the non-conducting layer is only 1/64″ thick and it will be obvious that the Hertzian rays cannot traverse so thin a crack between two conducting surfaces for any considerable distance, without being absorbed.” –NT

“Famous Scientific Illusions.” Electrical Experimenter, February, 1919.


The Lomax Recordings

During the New Deal, Alan Lomax & his father, famed folklorist and collector John A. Lomax, recorded thousands of songs and interviews for the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress on aluminum and acetate discs, with a special emphasis on the musical contributions of African Americans. Just like today, a disproportionate percentage of African American males were held as prisoners in the 1930s and 1940s. The Lomaxes toured Texas prison farms recording work songs, reels, ballads, and blues from prisoners such as James “Iron Head” Baker, Mose “Clear Rock” Platt, and Lightnin’ Washington. In 1933, they acquired a state-of-the-art phonograph recorder. Installing it in the trunk of his Ford sedan, John Lomax used it to record, at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a twelve-string guitar player by the name of Huddie Ledbetter, better known as “Lead Belly”. “Lead Belly” is now known as a giant among blues & folk musicians, with influence on thousands of artists. The Archive of American Folk Song of the Library of Congress contains songs collected in thirty-three states of the Union and certain parts of the West Indies, the Bahamas, and Haiti. John & Alan Lomax’s work contains some of the first recordings of the greatest Black blues and folk gems in the world.

For more info search: Archive of American Folk Song; John Lomax; Alan Lomax; “Lead Belly”;  Muddy Waters; American blues

(photo source Phonographic Arts)

Starting Friday, Phonographic Arts will be hosting their first annual Liberty Fest featuring some of the best punk, hardcore and psych bands the city has to offer as well as some great out-of-towners too. I would list all of the bands but the totally kick-ass flyer above does a great job of naming everything. Highlights include Creepoid, Birds of Maya, Gods & Queens, Purling Hiss and Leather  just to name a few. Tickets are $15 per day (pretty cheap considering the numbers of bands). This is not something to miss out on!