Thomas Alva Edison invents the kinetophone: an kinetoscope synchronised with a phonograph.


Guglielmo Marconi obtains the first patent for radio, although other scientists and inventors had been working at the same time in this medium, like Alexandr Stepánovich Popov, Nikola Tesla or the Valencian military man Julio Cervera Baviera.


Valdemar Poulsen creates the first magnetic recording device, the telegraphone, which worked via the application of a magnetic field on steel wire.


The first sound archive in the world is founded in Vienna, the Phonogrammarchiv, dedicated to the conservation of the sound recordings generated in the field of scientific research.