Digital surrogates from the Demonstration of Sound on Film by Joseph Tykociner audio recordings and video tapes (1954, 1967) | University of Illinois Archives
Digital surrogates from the Demonstration of Sound on Film by Joseph Tykociner audio recordings and video tapes, contain a digitized film and an audio recording, concerning Tykociner's contributions to research and in innovation in sound recording as well as in the field of electrical engineering. The digitized film shows a picture of Tykociner's apparatus and describing of its method of operation. Includes pictures of J. T. Tykociner, Jacob Kunz (developer of the photoelectric cell connected with the new process), Paine reading aloud, and Manoah Leide playing the violin. The film also shows pictures of the soundtrack and how it is affected by sound such as speech, the ringing of a bell, and the violin. This clip was produced from a videotape dub, of a duplicate a film was made in 1954 by the Motion Picture Society of America, in order to match the sounds of Mrs. Tykociner and the violinist. The original demonstration film was produced in 1921-22.
The digitized audio recording includes a March 9th 1967 interview to Professor Tykociner, concerning his early interest in the recording of sound and sound in moving picture; his experience as student, research engineer and faculty at the University; research and experiments with sound recording; career as research engineer for Marconi company, for German companies of on radio telegraphy; for radio communications at Russian companies and Arm; his return to the US in 1920; his latter demonstration of sound in film; as well as about commercials and films using Tykociner's sound system.
Digitized audio excerpts from the film containing Tykociner's demonstration of sound in film, and the digitized interview are available upon request.
Note: The digitized interview recording is currently nearline due to copyright statements, but permissions are to be reevaluated at a later date.
For more information about Joseph Tykociner and his papers held at the University Archives, please see Tykociner Papers' main catalog record in Archon.
Administrative access to preservation, nearline, and access files is available to archives staff at: https://medusa.library.illinois.edu/collections/564
This version of the film was produced from a 16mm positive film, 200 feet in length, acquired from Arthur Wildhagen on December 10, 1970. That copy is is a duplicate of a 16mm negative film held by the Motion Picture Service to match sound and images of Mrs. Tykociner and a violinist. The MPAA copy is itself a duplicate of the original film produced between 1921 and 1922. The sound track of the original film will not play in a modern projector.
The audio recording has a length of 32:23 min. It is available in mp3 format and have a size of 29.6 megabytes.