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An illustrated history of sound recording to be published at the end of July

The Art Of Sound: A Visual History For Audiophiles documents the evolution from acoustic to digital recording during the last 160 years

The Art Of Sound: A Visual History For Audiophiles will be published at the end of July. Including inventor biographies of Emile Berliner, Thomas Stockham and more, author Terry Burrows’s text focuses on key changes in the evolution of recording. Ranging from Scott de Martinville's invention of the phonautograph in 1857 to the present day, it surveys four eras of recorded sound history: acoustic (1877–1924), electrical (1925–45), magnetic (1946–74) and digital (1975 onwards).

Illustrated with hundreds of archival photographs and various facsimile blueprints gathered from around the world, the book is published by Thames & Hudson in collaboration with the EMI Archive Trust on 27 July.