Back to the history of the word Bioscope. This postcard dates from 1904. It portrays a bioscope show, with lecturer, orchestra, and speech bubble comments from the audience. The comments include: “Remember I’m a married man,” “Kiss me quick, this is the last picture,” and “Can they see us?” On the back of the postcard, there is the handwritten comment, “This one is rather amusing I think. Don’t you? They are quite the latest style here. Some of them are quite shocking.” The postcard was sent from Dover. Interestingly, the image on the screen is a circular one, indicating that the artist was confused by the difference between motion pictures (which were square) and magic lantern slides (which did sometimes feature circular images).
The Bioscope is as dedicated to new technology as it is to old, and is always interested to see what is being done with the silent film form today. So, having brought you information on the Rudolph Valentino podcast site a while back, how about the truly silent podcast? 1st Silent Podcast is just that – a series of podcasts of silence. Visitors, or subscribers to the feed, can sample the sound of one hand clapping, silence recorded in Palau (Micronesia), Shanghai, Denmark, and Las Vegas, silence in a Tuscan vineyard, a memorial rendition of John Cage’s celebrated silent piece 4′ 33”, download silent ring tones, and, yes, of course, experience the world’s first silent video podcast. Presumably because this bills itself as 1st Silent Podcast, there are imitators out there, but I’ll trust to the original.