The Voice-O-Graph, which allowed people to record their own voices direct to disc, was once a staple of fairgrounds, game arcades, tourist attractions and the like. Most famously, there was one on the 86th-floor observation deck of the Empire State Building. You would step inside, pop coins (35 cents in ’47) into the slot, and deliver your own 65-second song, poem or message of undying love; the machine would then feed it out on a 6-inch laminated cardboard disc that could be mailed to friends or relatives, who could listen to it on their home record players. Though it first saw widespread use during World War II, when soldiers and their loved ones communicated via Voice-O-Graph, and peaked in popularity during the ’50s and early ’60s, the International Mutoscope Corporation released 42 different models under that name beginning in 1910. By the late ’60s, when access to tape recorders had become commonplace, the Voice-O-Graph was extinct. TOTALLY??
NO!!! Jack White and his team carefully refurbished an original Voice-O-Graph from 1947 and installed it at his amazing Third Man Record Store in Nashville. More than 1.000 records have been recorded in this machine since then, including a whole record booth session by Neil Young, released in 2014 (A Letter Home)
AND NOW !!!
SUPERSENSE proudly presents the first next generation Voice-O-Graph in Vienna. A completely new machine, carefully inserted in an old refurbished elevator cabin. Never before a Voice-O-Graph machine has produced such high quality Vinyl Singles. Thanx to the incredible expertise and passion of our friend Flo Kaufmann who developed and built this machine from scratch and thanx to our Lord of Cut, Lukas who caresses and optimizes this lovely machine on basically a daily basis.