Exhibitions drew on a repertoire of familiar texts with which audiences could collectively engage no matter what political divisions kept them apart outside the concert hall.
In many cases, audiences needed to hear the words being spoken into the phonograph in order to make sense of them during playback.
The distinction was not lost on contemporary observers. By contrast, other journalists discerned the fault line between two incompatible models of sound.
The ease of repeating nursery rhymes along with quotations from the Bible, Shakespeare, and folklore made them likely candidates for speaking into a machine that would itself repeat them back to the speaker.
It presents the contrasting qualities of speech versus silence and silver versus gold. Structurally, the contrasting ideas be it concepts, words, phrases or sentences are placed in sharp juxtaposition and sustained tension, i.
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