The passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 did indeed breach the cockpit. The cockpit voice recorder revealed sounds of screaming and crashing; the hijackers' reading of the takbir; and then a calm voice in English instructing "pull it up." Five seconds later, the plane crashed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Today I learned about Christopher Roberts, a classical bassist, who in the 1980s hiked into Papua New Guinea's jungles with his bass and tape recorder. By doing so, he preserved a tribe's rich musical heritage & history, which were being lost because of mining & missionaries. scpr.org/programs/offramp…
After WWII, a small electronics shop was built in a bomb-damaged department store in Tokyo. The company, Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation, had only $530 and 8 employees. The company invented Japan's first tape recorder and, in 1958, changed its name to Sony. museumofmagneticsoundreco…
Today I learned of accidental Stereo Sound. Where by Two recorders with microphones in different positions captured both left and right audio of an artist’s recording session. Decades later these recordings were then merged together to give stereo sound, pre-dating true stereophonic sound by a good 20 years benbeck.co.uk/firsts/1_Te…
Flight recorders, commonly referred to as "black boxes", are actually orange! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fli…
Today I learned about Pan Am Flight 708, a cargo flight that crashed near Berlin in what was then East Germany. The plane flew into the ground killing everyone aboard. The reason is unknown to this day, as Soviet officials never returned the flight data and cockpit voice recorders and navigation equipment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
The earliest home TV recording was discovered in 1996. Done in London in 1933 (when only a few thousand 30-line TVs existed) using a phonograph recorder to record the audible TV signal transmitted after the regular BBC radio broadcast ended at 11 PM. It was 4 minutes of dancing girls. tvdawn.com/earliest-tv/th…
: Pacemaker was an accidental discovery by Wilson Greatbatch. Working on a heart-rhythm recorder, he mistakenly added an incorrect electronic component, so that the device produced electrical pulses instead of simply recording them. independent.co.uk/news/ob…
[] Michael Jackson beatboxed and hummed out all his music into recorders as part of his creative process because he didn't play any instruments. youtu.be/aY7b1yEpTOU
The Sony Walkman got its name from a combination of Superman and their own existing Pressman cassette recorder line sony.net/SonyInfo/Corpora…
In 2007, a study was done to see if women were more talkative than men. 396 individuals were strapped with voice recorders for several days. Both men and women were found to speak an average of 16,000 words per day. science.sciencemag.org/co…
The flight recorder, aka the "Black Box", is actually orange en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fli…
Michael Jackson could not read sheet music. Instead, he composed all of his songs in his head, beat boxed into a tape recorder and brought that into the studio for musicians to play. youtu.be/lqMvIqfrSRU
Danny Elfman came up with the theme to 'Batman' on a flight from London but since he couldn't write music he kept running to the bathroom to record himself on a tape recorder whenever he had a new idea, causing the flight attendants to think he was a junkie avclub.com/article/danny-…
Singer Bing Crosby was instrumental in the development of the video tape recorder, with Bing Crosby Enterprises giving the first ever demonstration of videotape recording on November 11, 1951. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vid…
According to the crew cabin recorder in the Challenger space shuttle during the disaster, the last words of the crewmembers was spoken by pilot Michael Smith: "Uh-oh." It is unknown what he was pointing out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Keith Moon, drummer of 'The Who' was once asked by a hotel manager to lower the volume on his cassette recorder as it made "too much noise."He excused himself to go to the bathroom, put a lit stick of dynamite in the toilet,returned and said "That, dear boy, was noise. This is the 'Oo." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kei…
The German composer, Carl Orff, was responsible for having kids play the Recorder in elementary schools. He saw it as an easy way for kids to start playing music. The Recorder relies on rhythm rather than memorization. greatbigstory.com/stories…
Old school computers like the Apple //e could save and load games to/from cassette tapes in a tape recorder. This basically worked by interpreting the audio data as game data. This prompted some pirate FM radio stations in the 1980s to broadcast games right over FM radio every weekend. youtube.com/watch?v=_9SM9…
Michael Jackson couldn't read or write music. Instead, he fully realized music in his head and recorded himself singing the different parts on a cassette recorder. nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/t…
Flight recorders or airplane "black boxes" are actually not permitted to be black in color, but must be bright orange to aid in their discovery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fli…
The first image of Mars received from a space probe was actually hand-drawn from raw binary data. It would have taken hours for computers to process it into an image and the engineers at JPL wanted to verify that Mariner 4's tape recorder was working properly directedplay.com/first-tv…
To get the perfectly high-pitched voices of the chipmunks in the Alvin and the Chipmunks series, the voice actors would speak very slowly into a tape recorder, which would then be sped up to normal talking speeds. straightdope.com/columns/…
Frank Zappa's 1969 album Hot Rats was one of the first albums to use a 16 track recorder, and among the first to record drums on multiple tracks, giving stereo drums, all of which helped achieve outstanding technical quality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot…
Keith Richards wrote the guitar lick for "Satisfaction" and recorded it on a Philips cassette recorder while sleepwalking. When he woke up the next day, he had no idea he had written it until he heard the recording of about two minutes of guitar and "then me snoring for the next forty minutes" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/(I_…
The recorder was a very popular instrument in the middle ages, but fell out of popularity because it was considered "unmanly" to play it in public. It's revival in popularity 500 years later as an instrument primarily used to teach was because it is cheap and easy to play. wqxr.org/story/why-did-we…
Ray Dolby (the "Dolby" on audio equipment) helped develop the first videotape recorder before the age of 21. After founding Dolby Laboratories, he became a billionaire by charging little for his technology so others paid him instead of developing their own. washingtonpost.com/entert…
The mouthpiece of a recorder is called a fipple en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fip…
The first practical tape recorder was invented in Nazi Germany en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
The reason the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) uses a front-loader instead of a top-loader is because Nintendo wanted it to be more like a video cassette recorder, which had grown in popularity by 1985. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nin…
Michael Jackson "wrote" the songs "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'", "The Girl Is Mine", "Beat It" and "Billie Jean" not by writing them down on paper but by dictating into a sound recorder and singing from memory during in the studio. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
Keith Richards heard the riff to "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" in a dream. He woke up, played the riff on a tape recorder and mumbled "I can't get no satisfaction" and went back to sleep. npr.org/2010/10/25/130722…
The founder of Dolby (Ray Dolby) helped develop the Quadruplex video tape recorder at Ampex, which all modern videotape formats, such as VHS, Betamax, and Video8, are based on. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amp…
Before takeoff on Delta Flight 1181, the pilots discussed what they'd say on the cockpit voice recorder if they got in a crash. This distraction caused them to forget to properly set the airplane for takeoff, which crashed just beyond the end of the runway, killing 14. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del…
Scientists once tested the intelligence of beavers by playing the sound of running water on dry land. Eventually, the beavers started to cover the tape recorder with mud and branches. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
The Voyager 2 carried a tape recorder whose reels rotated at high speeds which caused issues with its operations. Due to the conservation of angular momentum, the space probe started an undesirable rotation in the opposite direction whenever the tape recorder was turned on. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voy…
The recording of Simon & Garfunkel’s β€˜The Boxer’ followed a bizarre path, including recording a snare drum in an elevator shaft, transposing parts for concertina, and syncing 2 tape recorders by ear. bmi.com/news/entry/takes_…
Keith Richards woke up in the middle of the night, laid down and recorded a 30 second guitar riff for what would be the song Satisfaction (I Can't Get No). The following 40 minutes on the tape recorder is him snoring. history.com/this-day-in-h…
In 1969 a 14 year old boy managed to sneak into John Lennon's hotel room with a reel-to-reel recorder and Lennon actually agreed to be interviewed by him. The recording still exists. youtu.be/jmR0V6s3NKk?t=11…
The crew of flight Delta 1141 talked to the flight attendants about what they would say on the cockpit recorder in the event of a crash. Minutes later, they died in a crash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del…
David Warren, the inventor of the black box, was buried in a casket labeled "Flight Recorder Inventor; Do Not Open" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
The government's calculations put the speed of the first plane that hit WTC towers on 9/11 at 494 mph, and the second at 586 mph. An MIT analysis determined 429 and 537 mph respectively, according to The Times. The flight data recorders were never found so theres no exact data, only estimates. cbsnews.com/news/speed-li…
The average downlink rate after New Horizons passes Pluto is only 2k bits per second. It will take until late 2016 to bring down all the Pluto encounter data stored on the spacecraft's recorders. pluto.jhuapl.edu/Mission/…
Clark, TX city council voted to change the town's name to Dish in 2005 as part of an agreement with the DISH satellite TV company where residents received free basic television service for ten years and a free digital video recorder en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
In military honor funerals, Honor Guard uses a recorder inside of a bugle that plays 'Taps' instead of playing an actual bugle. geek.com/news/new-digital…
The PSX, a successor to the ps2 and a video digital recorder, failed in sales due to high its high price en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PSX…
When Krakatoa erupted in 1883, it was heard from approx. 3000 miles away, mild earthquakes also occurred in Australia and a volcanic winter was produced, lowering the world's entire temperature by 1.2Β°C for 5 years. To this date, the eruption is considered the loudest in recorder history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/188…
Today I learned of the Mail Call, a 1960's voice recorder that allowed a person to mail their recorded voice. It was 50x cheaper than a 10 minute international call, and is considered the first "voice mail" type of system. youtu.be/uTIrbvwn2Ho
Thickfreakness, an album by The Black Keys was recorded in 14 hours on a 1980's 8-track recorder in drummer Patrick Carney's basement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thi…
During the production of "Check it Out! with Dr. Steve Brule", the editors would pipe the footage through a videocassette recorder and then literally hit the machine to simulate the artifact-ridden quality of an old VHS tape. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…

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