BUSHMAN SPEAKS INTO A PHONOGRAPH

Rudolf Pöch
Austria 1908 | 4 Min. | Video
Q&A with:
Markus Banks

Made by Rudolf Poech (Aus­tria) in the Kala­hari desert in the first decade of the cen­tu­ry, this film is remark­able as an early attempt to bring sound and image togeth­er. The film shows a ‘Bush­man’ named Kubi speak­ing into a wax cylin­der phono­graph about the behav­iour of ele­phants at water­holes. In 1984 the sound and image were brought as close­ly into syn­chro­niza­tion as pos­si­ble. The lan­guage is Ts-aukhoe.