Watch: The History of Sound at the Movies in 30 Minute Lesson
by Ethan Anderton
August 12, 2014
Recently we've featured brief ventures into the past with the history of the film industry, the history of movie trailers and even the history of computer generated characters. Now another brief lesson about the motion picture industry has made its way online, but this one focuses on sound. Anyone who has taken a film class will know that sound didn't always accompany films, and it wasn't until The Jazz Singer introduced a soundtrack into the theatrical experience that we began to see the kind of films with recorded music, sound effects and dialogue the way we know them today. But we'll let FilmmakerIQ explain the rest.
Here's FilmmakerIQ's The History of Sound at the Movies (found via SlashFilm):
As the site notes about their video, "The inclusion of sound at the movies was one of the most dramatic changes in all of film history. Dive into the early experiments of Edison trying to incorporate sound from film's inception, through the experiments in the early 1920s, the Jazz Singer and the industry sound overhaul, and finally the multi-channel surround and modern movie sound technologies." One cannot possibly imaging watching films today without the sound of various elements such as the soundtrack or even the footsteps of someone walking down a dark alley, as each adds something important to a film. Cool?