Amazing! When the Pictured Man Acts the Voice in the Box Speaks
Qeorg-e IIOTIQH PICTURES AREiHADE T0;TALK Edison Invents aMachine that i Combines the KInetotcope . . and Phonograph. RECORDS TAKEN TOGETHER Whtrt tha Pictured Man Acta the Voice In the Box 8paaka,.and, Illusion la Perfect. . Thomas A. Edison gave to aa audience of not more than a doxen men last night the first exhibition of bis talking pictures, the product of the new Edison klneto- phone, which comblnea In one machine the wlxardry of the phonogrepn witn tnat or the klnetoscope. The brief gllmpee offered In the laboratory In West Orange was enough to show that Mr. Edison baa achieved what be and a host of other In ventors have long striven for the perfect synchronisation of sound and action for the moving picture screen. Into the scene thrown- upon the screen last night a man walked, and aa bla 11 pe moved the sound of hla voice Issued from tha concealed phonograph, effecting an fflusion that waa perfect. Thla waa all that Mr. Edlaon would ahow, but be baa more In preparation, and bla plana tor the future of bla klnetoeoopo are boundless, We'll be ready for the moving-picture shows In a couple of months.' bo aald. but I am not satisfied with that. X want to give grand opera, I want to have people In far stranded towns able to bear and see John Drew. And," be added la a burst of confidence, " I want to have ' Teddy addressing a meeting." But these things are not yet. A year or more Mr. Edison allows for , their achievement. ' Already he baa an ambl-tlous drama reproduced on a long film, but there are flaws In one or two places, and he la unwilling to show the play. The klnetophone as It now stands Is the product of two years' labor, which Mr. Edison has shared with his assistant. Mr. Hyams. One Operator Dees It All. Zt la one machlna, part phonopragh, part klnetoscope, and It requires but one op erator. From the projecting machine behind the audience, wlrea run along the celling to the screen, behind which stands the phonograph. The two parts are operated by the turning of the handle beside tha klnetoscope portion. - In the newly perfected process the rec ords and pictures are taken at ihe same time, a sufficiently sensitive record having been devised to catch and retain the slightest sound accompanying tha portrayed action. Mere na teen tne stumuung block In the effort to accomplish this result. Hitherto the pictures and records had to be taken separately. In the face of the difficulty of receiving In the horn tne voices or -tne actors, and at tne same time, having them move freely and. as far as possible, dramatically around in an unobstructed range of the camera. The special recorder used for the klnetophone permlta of the speaker being twen ty xeet away. A little platform with a lecturer table and back screen waa the picture last night. On the Hcreen wan flaabed a falr-lv Impressive man In a frock coat, who explained the point, of the klnetoaoope. mere waa no naw in tne uiuaion. iio eeemed to be talking. The sound of the working of the concealed - phonograph could not be detected four feet away. To demonatrate Its possibilities the gentleman on the screen bounded an Iron ball on the floor. There was an accomnanvlnK noise. He carelessly dropped a plate with a resounding smash. He pounded with a mallet, and- finally tooted an automobile born wlLh uncanny effect. There Is another feature of the com bfSatlon which the Inventor has been working as a nlde Issue. He hopes soon to have the pictures reproduce the natural color of the originals. In honor of his audience made up largely of newspaper men, the first picture snowa last nignt, or tne oid ana silent tree, waa entitled 'The Big Scoop, a rati naavena nan it drama of a metropolitan newspaper. waa au aDout a young ana nanqsome reporter, who had been discharged, regaining his prestige by overhearing some prominent bank officials discussing highly important matters in a restaurant The bank waa going to close lta doora In the morning, and hla paper made an unpleasant point of it all over the front page. No one enjoyed it half ao much aa Mr. Edison himself. He fairly beamed aa the handsome young reporter went home and told hla wife about It. The Inventor take. Immense satisfaction In watching moving pictures, and never seems to tire of them.