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Aaron H. Allen, of Boston, Massachusetts, USA, is granted a patent for a "new and Improved Self-Adjusting Opera Seat", which is described as "a folding chair for theatres or other public buildings; pivoted seat constructed with weights or springs to assume and retain a vertical position when pressure upon it is relieved as the occupant rises from it."
Thomas Edison makes a sound recording of the nursery rhyme 'Mary Had A Little lamb'. This is the first audio recording of the human voice. Edison's achievements will, of course, pave the way for the modern recorded music industry, but he will also inspire several songs specifically about him. Edison by The Bee Gees will appear on their 1969 album Odessa. Other songs about Edison include The Wizard of Menlo Park [2004] by Chumbawamba and Edison's Medicine [1991] by Tesla.
Thomas Edison applies for a patent for his new invention, the phonograph.
Thomas Edison is granted patent number 200,521 for his new invention, the phonograph.
Thomas Edison is granted Patent No 227,679, in connection with his new invention, the phonograph.
German immigrant Emile Berliner applies for US patent no 372,786 in respect of his new sound-reproduction apparatus, the gramophone.
Thomas Edison is granted a patent, No 448,781, in connection with his invention of a Turning-Off Device For Phonographs.
Thomas Edison is granted patent No. 648,935 in connection with his invention of an apparatus for duplicating phonograph records.
Aron Nordwall of Chicago, Illinois, USA, is granted a patent for a new type of stringed musical instrument body.
The Victor Talking Machine Company is incorporated in Camden, New Jersey, USA, when Eldridge Johnson, a former employee of Emile Berliner, absorbs Berliner's existing company.
George D. Smith of Buffalo, New York State, USA, is awarded Patent No. US700986A, in respect of his invention of an improved type of kazoo. This is the first submarine-shaped kazoo and also the first metal kazoo.
William Moerscher of Belvidere, New Jersey, USA, files a patent for a new and improved type of harp.
James C. Kimsey of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, files a patent application for his invention of a new type of binder specifically designed for holding sheet music firmly and securely.
Harry S. Strauss of Derby, Connecticut, USA, applies for a patent for a device to remind beginners when and where to strike the sharps and flats on a piano keyboard.
A patent is granted to a new and improved type of harp, invented by William Moerscher of Belvidere, New Jersey, USA.
Adverts for Edison Phonographs Moulded Records, declaring that they are "the best", are appearing in newspapers across the USA.
Henry Schwesinger of Detroit, Michigan, USA, is granted Patent No.US895803A in respect of his invention of a pneumatic piano-playing apparatus.
This month's edition Rhythm Magazine in the UK features a page of advertisements headed up as "Sensations For 1935". These include the portable RadioTone Gig Amplifier, Sioma clarinets, the Coronado accordion and La Grande saxophones.
Swiss scientist Dr. Albert Hoffman accidentally absorbs a new substance he has synthesised, LSD, through his fingertips. The powerful hallucinogenic effects of the drug will have bona fide medical applications, but LSD will also inspire and encourage an entire musical movement, psychedelia, in the mid-1960s. Songs inspired by LSD include Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds by The Beatles, White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane, Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix, Lysergic Bliss by Of Montreal and The Acid Commercial by Country Joe And The Fish.
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US music trade magazine Billboard reports that juke boxes have helped record companies recover from the recent slump in sales.
Lennie Tristano records Ju-ju and Pastime for East Wind Records in Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA. Tristano will be widely criticised for using multi-track studio techniques to add extra piano parts to his compositions on this and other albums.
Ray Charles is recording tracks, including Just For A Thrill, for his album The Genius Of Ray Charles during the first of two sessions at 6 West Recording in New York City, USA, using an Ampex 3 track recorder.
The UK's singing milkman Craig Douglas advertises a new kind of juke box called the Scopitone, which features colour film clips to accompany each disc. The idea, invented in France, does not catch on.
Bill Evans records N.Y.C.'s No Lark for his Verve Records LP Conversations With Myself, in New York City, USA. The album uses what was then a controversial method of recording, by overdubbing three different yet corresponding piano tracks for each song.
Korg Inc is registered as the name of a Japanese company manufacturing electronic musical instruments. The company will go on to become one of the world's biggest.
Billboard magazine in the USA reviews the latest Bob Dylan single, Like A Rolling Stone, particularly noting its length - six minutes - and musing on whether the era of the two-minute-long pop single is now over.
A patent for the Gibson Maestro Fuzz-Tone guitar effects pedal is granted in the USA.
Jerry Butler records Hey, Western Union Man and Can't Forget About You, Baby, at Cameo-Parkway Studios, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, with production duo Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.
While working on Hey Jude, The Beatles record in Trident Studios, St Anne's Court, London, England, UK, Europe, for the first time. The bill for use of the studio between 2pm and 4am comes to £416.
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The new Billboard No1 R'n'B single in the USA is Ain't Nobody by Rufus with Chaka Khan.
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Hippychick by Soho enters the UK singles chart for the first time. It will peak at 67 but, on re-release eight months later, will reach the Top 10 in the UK and USA.
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Cher enters the UK singles chart at No1 with Believe. Noted for its use of Antares Auto-Tune pitch-correction software on her vocals, it will become one of the best-selling singles of all time, selling over 10m copies worldwide.
Vocalist Marky Chavez of Adema attends the launch of the videogame Mortal Kombat - Deadly Alliance in New York City, USA. Adema have provided the title track for the game.
EMI announces increased profits, despite an 11.4% drop in sales, for the last six month accounting period. The company also announces that it will be more actively promoting the digital downloading aspect of music sales.
Yahoo Inc. announces that it is beginning a test of a new search engine feature that will search through millions of songs offered on popular Internet music services.
Aspiring young singer Conor Maynard of Brighton, UK, signs up to YouTube and uploads his cover version of Breathe by Lee Carr. Five years later, Maynard will score his first hit single.
The Warner Music Group reports that, although overall revenue dropped by 1% in the last full fiscal year, digital revenue rose by 39%, to $639m, representing 18% of the company's total revenue. Atlantic Records, a label within Warner Music Group, says it has become the first label with more than half its music sales in the United States derived from digital products, including iTunes downloads and cellphone ring tones.
Beyonce is filmed for an advert for the Nintendo DS Game Rhythm Heaven, in New York City, USA. In the ad she is seen playing the game with her nephew Juelz.
Lady Gaga becomes the first living person to have 10m followers on Facebook. Nevertheless, she still trails behind Michael Jackson whose Facebook site boasts over 14m 'friends'.
Linkin Park release a new computer game, Linkin Park Revenge.
Having sold over 4.6m digital downloads, Hey Soul Sister by Train becomes the most downloaded song of all-time for Columbia Records.
It is announced that, according to the latest Nielsen / Billboard statistics, album sales in the USA fell by 12.7% during 2010 despite a 13.0% rise in digital album downloads. Total album sales across physical and digital fell to 326.2m units from 373.9m, and sales of CDs dropped for the fourth consecutive year.
A feature published by Nature Neuroscience reveals that the delicious chills felt by music lovers when listening to their favorite pieces of music are caused by a spike in the level of dopamine in their brains. Dopamine is the same neurotransmitter that's involved in reward, motivation, and addiction.
File-sharing website Megaupload.com is shut down by the FBI in the USA for violating music download piracy laws. The FBI describes the dispute as one of "the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States" and says it "directly targets the misuse of a public content storage and distribution site to commit and facilitate intellectual property crime."
It is announced that Madonna's upcoming album, MDNA has ascended to the pre-order top spot on iTunes stores in fifty countries and has broken the record for the largest one day pre-order of any album in iTunes history.
Having spent two years on the run, Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde is arrested during a raid on a farm in the south of Sweden, Europe.
When Trash Talk play at the Zumiez Best Foot Forward event in the Michigan Theatre, Detroit, Michigan, USA, bassist Spencer Pollard brings down a drone camera hovering near the stage by throwing beer bottles and cans at it.
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Taylor Swift does a worldwide live stream on Yahoo.
During a Television Critics Association panel discussion for American Idol, Katy Perry reveals that she has problems deciding how much and what kind of information to share with her fans. "It's like walking a tightrope," she says. "You don't have to answer any question. You're not under oath. You don't have to leave bread crumbs all over social media if you don't want to. But some people do that and need that and it's a tool. Listen, all the fame stuff is just a by-product of what I do, it's not what I sought out to do. I just wanted to tell stories and sing and connect with people." Perry, at this point, has over 170m followers across Twitter and Instagram.
Powerful music business agency International Talent Booking (ITB) announces that fraudsters have been attempting to scam promoters by posing as representatives of Aerosmith and Pearl Jam. The would-be fraudsters have claimed, by e-mail, to be representing and booking Pearl Jam tours for 2015, and more recently an Aerosmith tour for 2016. In fact, both bands are represented by ITB.
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