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Now Hear This! A Catalog of Spoken Word & Voice Resources

Written by Jacob C. Herman

Before the video camera and film, there were far fewer ways to record what was going on in the world. The magic of recorded voices became a historical moment in the world when a phonautograph captured a voice singing "Au Clair de Lune." This recording dates back to 1860 and is noted as the world's oldest recorded voice. This wonderful moment was forever captured so that future generations could hear the sounds of a time gone by. The evolution of recording history technology has advanced from simple discs and cylinders to complete digital transactions.

Spoken word has become a bit of a cultish, underground phenomenon over the last couple of decades. Often, the term 'spoken word' relates to small, underground poetry slams or readings in coffee shops or smoky clubs late at night. But the real beauty of the human voice and the spoken word is that it provides a forum where people can express their hopes, dreams, and ideas, all through speech. In fact, talk radio has quickly become one of the most popular formats of radio available today. Voicemail greetings are another popular medium to express funny ideas and/or political views. Because of our ability to record the spoken word, and the advances we've made throughout history, we are now enriched with a form of media that is universally recognized and used throughout the world.

Here are some helpful resources involving spoken word and voice related topics:

Whether it is Presidential speeches, old Southern Gospel music, or recordings of converstions from our nation's past, the spoken word and recorded voice is an invaluble resource that gives us true insight into the past. The preservation of the recorded voice is important in order to keep history alive so we can passit on to future generations.

 

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