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Adalbert is a forum for me, to post ephemera, photography, poetry, occasional travel notes, and various spontaneous motions. Cover photo: Parsonage where my great-grandfather spent his early years. Taken near Liegnitz, Silesia, ca. 1870.


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Hedy Lamarr and George Antheil

Patent for the spread spectrum torpedo guidance system of Hedy Lamarr and George Antheil
source:  patent

Collage by Jonathan

Hedy Lamarr:  actor and driver of communication technology, along with George Antheil:



  1. An interesting post, Jonathan. I found the Le Ballet Mécanique very intense but that's the point I guess... Heavy on the nerves.

  2. Ray, I initially grew familiar with Le Ballet Mécanique from an old record album which belonged to my grandfather (I may still have it somewhere), which I used to listen to. The sirens and pounding rhythms make for a heavy experience indeed. Meshes well with the unsettling leaps in Léger's film, the tides of repeating shots,the woman's face smiling mysteriously., Hedy Lamarr has gotten quite a bit of attention lately for her unusual life.