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Monetizing Entertainment by Larry Wacholtz

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The Label Business—Recording Budgets 8

The Invention

The Parisian Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville (1817–1879) was the first to make a sound recording, in 1857. He developed a visual way to convert sound waves into physical lines on a rotating cylinder, applying for a patent and his invention of the phonautograph.1 Scott de Martinville had invented a process to record a soundwave, but not how to play it back. As a matter of fact, when we pause and think about it, the entertainment and music industry has always been device-driven, so let’s start this chapter by taking a look into the history of essential processes and devices we now take for granted that allowed recordings to happen, which led to the development of record labels and fostered ...

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