1874 __ Telephone concert - Grand concert with Gray’s electric telephone
‣ Original excerpt : « Grand Concert, Vocal and Instrumental, Complementary to Miss Clara O. Willard, at the Presbyterian Church, Highland Park, Tuesday Even’g, Dec. 29, 1874. — The Blaney Lodge Quartette, from Chicago. W.C. Coffin, first tenor, W.M. Goodridge, second tenor, D.A. Kimbark, first bass, C.C. Lefler, second bass. And other favorite vocalists will assist, and a unique and extraordinary feature will be the first public exhibition of Elisha Gray’s Electric Telephone, by means of which, a number of familiar melodies, transmitted from a distance, through telegraphic wire, will be received upon violins and other instruments, within the room. Concert will commence at 8 o’clock, precisely. Chicago Evening Journal Print, 159 and 161 Dearborn St. — Around 1874, Elisha Gray, Alexander Graham Bell's rival, was occupied with a system of musical telephones, which he wished to apply to manifold telegraphic transmission. The history of this phantasmal music hall has yet to be written. All I can say is that to this day, the telephone still houses background music, as if to deaden the pain. — See also : E. Gray: 'On the Transmission of Musical Tones Telegraphically'. In “Journal of the American Electrical Society” 1, no. 1 (1875), pp. 3-4; & In “Scientific American” Supplement, I (1876) ; and also : In "Journal of the American Electrical Society", Vol. I, No. 1, Chicago : Lakeside Publishing Co., 1876, p. 98. — Mr Elisha Gray appears to have made a more definite advance in this direction. He has transmitted the pianoforte sounds of a concert through the wire of an electric telegraph. The performer played at Philadelphia, to an audience at New York. » (In "Chamber's journal of popular literature, science and arts", Volume 54, W. & R. Chambers, 1877)
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