Radio Was Discovered Before it was Invented
"Natural radio" was heard by Thomas Watson long before Marconi invented the wireless. This talk will examine the contexts of Watson's unwitting discovery, including technological history, musical cosmology, the experimental arts and Watson's own philosophy.
Douglas Kahn (US) is the founding Director of Technocultural Studies at University of California at Davis. His books include Noise, Water, Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts (MIT Press) and Wireless Imagination: Sound, Radio and the Avant-garde (MIT Press), and he is Editor of the journal Senses and Society. His current project Sound No Sound involves the cultural trade in acoustics and electromagnetism in the arts and media.
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