Audio: Listen Up! A chat with the exhibit curator (with musical interludes)

Listen Up! A History of Audio Technology from the Evanston History Center Collection

On view at the Evanston History Center, February 2-June 17, 2018, Thursdays through Sundays, 1pm-4pm. Admission: $10, members free. Admission includes an optional house tour, which begins at 1, 2, or 3 pm. More info: 847-475-3410.

Audio technologies played a key role in the development of modern mass communication: from wax recording cylinders to the telephone and the radio up to cell phones and the internet. This exhibit explores many historic acoustic machines from our collection of Evanston history. Created to share art and ideas across time and distance, these inventions were revolutionary. How did these technologies get us where we are today and where will future developments take us?

Exhibit curator, Kris Hartzell, sat down to talk to Jenny Thompson about the new exhibit. Take a listen to their conversation here: (recorded Thursday, March 8, 2018).


And now take a listen to:

Here comes the bride! aka, Richard Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus,” from Lohengrin (1850) played on an 1880 music disc, which is on view in the exhibit.


Here’s the artifact that launched the idea for the exhibit:

A 1924 Western Electric Hornless loudspeaker:

“What D’ye Mean You Lost Yer Dog?” played on a “portable” gramophone!

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