Joseph Tykociner demonstrates sound on film | 150 Engage Illinois Office of Corporate Relations
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Joseph Tykosinki-Tykociner arrived at the University of Illinois in 1921. By March 1922, he had finally created his first talkie, and his demonstration depicted Tykociner's wife, Helena, ringing a bell and saying, "I will ring," after which she asked the audience, "Did you hear the bell ring?" On June 9, 1922, Professor Tykociner gave the first-ever demonstration of sound on film in the Physics Building on the Illinois campus. Tykociner had produced what is called a variable density soundtrack along one side of the same film that records the picture images, thereby ensuring that pictures and sound would be synchronized. This achievement made international headlines and forever changed the way the world watched and heard motion pictures.

Jun 09, 1922
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Joseph T. Tykociner
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