From the bioelectric bleeps of plants to the intergalactic bloops of colliding black holes, sound gives us new ways to experience the world.
Cassette tapes were the first great advancement in portable recording and playback. You can draw a direct line between them and the music apps on every smartphone today.
You might need permission to record a doctor’s appointment and extra permission to share it. That depends on where you live.
Record companies released stereo demonstration albums that showcased how sound could move from left to right, creating a sense of movement.
From the collection of Janet Borgerson and Jonathan Schroeder
Sixty years ago, stereo promised to forever change the way people listened to music. But how could record companies convince customers to buy a new record player, speakers and amplifier?
Solar-powered arrays can be left in remote locations, recording high-quality audio for years.
In a global first, hundreds of solar-powered microphones will be placed across Australia, listening out for invasive species, rare animals and the effects of climate change.
Vinyl is one thing but digital plug-ins which claim to emulate the analogue sound are a rose-tinted step too far.
Our citizen science project was designed to record bird sounds but produced some surprisingly funny impressions.
There’s trouble at the mill.
BBC One’s The Living and the Dead revels in the Victorians’ obsession with the supernatural and the limits of science.
A detailed look at one of the musician’s most celebrated performances gives a glimpse of the dedication which allowed talent to flourish.
Ma Rainey was one of Paramount Records’ most popular artists.
JP Jazz Archive/Redferns
In the 1920s, many black musicians were exploited by record companies, and faded into anonymity. Here are some of their stories.
All eyes on you, everywhere you go.
At this moment, there are likely many eyes on you. If you are reading this article in a public place, a surveillance camera might be capturing your actions and even watching you enter your login information…
As much as we like to think that we vote on substance – not style – studies have shown that physical appearance matters to voters.
While much of the 2014 midterm election analysis centered on the Republican takeover of the Senate, the pundits may have overlooked an important development: the end of a time when politicians looked a…
Is analogue better than digital? Is digital better than dialogue? Though the source of much heated debate, it would seem digital is now virtually unstoppable. There’s not going to be any 35mm film at the…