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British Library celebrates 140 years of recorded sound

A free exhibition kicks off next month looking at sound since the invention of the phonograph in 1877

Running for just over five months, a new exhibition titled Listen: 140 Years of Recorded Sound will kick off on 6 October at the British Library. “Just how important have the sounds of the past 140 years been to our lives?” asks the event, which sets to tell a story of sound recording and explore the importance of sound in capturing history. It will also look at radio and new technologies. Featured items are said to include rare and unpublished recordings, various sound players and recorders, as well as access to the British Library sound archive. There will also be a specially commissioned audio installation by Aleks Kolkowski and a selection of extra events such as Late at the Library: The Radiophonic Workshop and Guests; Super Sonic: A Day of Audio Adventures; writers Bella Bathurst and Erling Kagge exploring their emotional relationship to sound, and more.

Listen: 140 Years of Recorded Sound will run from 6 October – 11 March 2018. More information can be found on the British Library website.