The Impact Of Sound On The World Of Sound Cinema

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Sound is obviously an essential part of cinema, and most couldn’t imagine watching any sort of entertainment without sound. Although how did sounds start and what were some major advancements in the world of sound cinema? The introduction of sound to cinema began by a process known as Phonofilm, created by a man named Lee de Forest and Theodore Case in 1923. The Phonofilm, which recorded synchronized sound directly onto film, was used to record a variety of entertainment including vaudeville acts, musical numbers, political speeches and opera singers. Unfortunately, this sound film didn’t last long because it was overshadowed by the sound on disc, later named the Vitaphone.
The Vitaphone was developed by Western Electrics Bell Laboratories and quickly acquired by Warner Bros Company in April of 1925. The Warner Brothers film Don Juan, directed by Alan Crosland, which utilized the first system with synchronized music score and sound effects, first showcased the Vitaphone. Using the Vitaphone, Warner Brothers went on to produce over 100 short films during the mid 1920’s. In 1927, The Jazz Singer was released, which was essentially a silent picture with Vitaphone score and the occasional episodes of synchronized singing and speech. Although the Vitaphone seemed like a revolutionary concept opening a whole new market of cinema, it became apparent that recording on film would be much more convenient.
Sound on disk had been in the tweaking process throughout the early…
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