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Sound Influence

Two ears that have been carved out of wood and contain electronic components
One of the early designs of the microphone imitated a human ear

I've made many radio programs and now I'm working on my first podcast. I'm excited by the way that new technology and the medium of podcasting has reinvigorated radio and am keen to try out some new ideas.

My podcast is a social history of microphones. Microphones are instruments of mass communication and in a species as deeply social as humans any development in mass communication has huge ramifications. There were people who were aware of the potential of this technology from the very beginning. The first episode traces the many people who were working on the idea of transmitting sound using electricity. The potential of the technology meant that there was some skulduggery in the race to be the first to patent it. It's fascinating to track the progress of the technology and the social changes it has enabled. It's also quite fun. Did you know that the first sentence to be transmitted using a microphone was "Das Pferd frisst keinen Gurkensalat" which translates as "The horse does not eat cucumber salad". This sentence was used because it's hard to differentiate the words and Reis wanted to prove that electronic transmission could capture the subtleties of speech.

There are many interesting stories about the development of microphone technology and I am looking forward to being able to share my finished work with an audience.

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