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Chronomedia 1949

Predictions from 1949

Richard J Goggins
Mechanical engineer
Will the kinescoped film be strictly a photographed replica of a live program, a facsimile that records any or all of the possible mistakes of actors, directors and technicians, and the possible flaws of temporary breakdowns of video, audio and recording equipment?
        Will whatever is on that kinescope recording—good, mediocre or bad—remain there? Will there be no re-recording? You might ask: could there by no re-recording? The answer is: certainly! There is no reason in the world why many programs have to be telecast live in the first place. ...
        Make pictures in segments of one, three, five or more minutes but following television procedure, shooting with many cameras, editing concurrently, staging the action continuously with music, dialogue and sound effects already blended. And pipe the finished output of these segments, both video and audio, instantaneously and simultaneously to the kinescope recorders. Pre-production planning and careful shooting would be the keys to successful operation.
'Television and Motion Picture Production and Kinescope Recordings' in Hollywood Quarterly, Los Angeles, Winter 1949.

Raymond Scott
1908-1994; composer, band leader, electronic music pioneer
Perhaps within the next hundred years, science will perfect a process of thought transference from composer to listener. The composer will sit alone on the concert stage and merely THINK his idealized conception of his music. Instead of recordings of actual music sound, recordings will carry the brainwaves of the composer directly to the mind of the listener.
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Look magazine (26 April)
says radio is 'doomed' and that television will overtake it within three years.

forecasts television uptake for the six years to 1955.
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Chronomedia 1949

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David Fisher