In this episode, we went to the Cayuga Museum of History and Art to visit with the Director of Development and Outreach, Geoffrey Starks.
This is the 100th anniversary of sound on film. On December 14,1922, Theodore Case, working in his lab right behind what is now the museum building, recorded sound on a piece of film and changed the movie industry forever. The museum has received a grant to hire a curator to work with the materials and historical artifacts in the Case Lab.
We talked about Case’s upbringing in a wealthy Auburn family and how that allowed him to get the education and the capital to make his research a reality. We talked about why Auburn was a natural place for these scientific advancements to take place, about Case’s partnership and later, rivalry with Lee DeForest and about how light was used to record sound onto a strip of film in the first place.
Geoffrey is knowledgeable and passionate about the topic. It was a fun conversation.