1895• The first music video is filmed at Thomas Edison’s studio• The oldest known film with music was made for the Kinetophone• In the film, its inventor, William Dickson, plays music from a popular operetta on a violin as two men dance beside him• The soundtrack was recorded separately on a wax cylinder
Early 20th Century• Illustrated songs consisted of photographic images painted in color and then projected from glass slides.• They were sometimes interspersed with silent moving picture clips.• Audiences would watch these as a pianist/vocalist would perform, corresponding with the song.• They were usually played before silent movies.
1920s• April 1923, the Rivoli Theatre in New York presented the first motion pictures with sound-on-film, a system that synchronized movies and their soundtracks.• Early sound-on-film productionsfeatured opera singers and bands.• They became known as musicalshort clips.
1925• Brothers Max and David Fleischer produced a cartoon featuring a bouncing ball that followed the lyrics on screen so that the audience could sing a long.• This is still commonly used today on children’s television.
1940-46• Soundies were displayed in jukebox like projection machines across the bars and restaurants in the U.S. and were around three minutes long.• Jazz singers and swing dancers were common in these videos.
1959• Singer and songwriter Jiles Perry Richardson, became the first person to use the phrase “music video” in a 1959 interview with a British magazine.
1960s• The Beatles were one of the first to use film to market their records.• Along with starring in full-length features such as “Help” and “A Hard Day’s Night,” they recorded dozens of promotional clips that were viewed globally.• Many rock and roll bandsfollowed this in the 1960sand 70s.
1974• ‘Countdown’ and ‘Sounds’ premiere in Australia showing music videos.
1978• ‘Video Concert Hall’ premieres, offering several hours of un-hosted music videos every day.
1981• MTV launches.• ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’ is the first video to be shown on the channel.
1983• Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ is 14 minutes long and becomes one of the most influential and successful videos of all time.
1995• Michael and Janet Jackson’s ‘Scream’ video becomes (and still is) the most expensive music video, costing $7 million.
2003• Youtube launches, allowing users to view music videos whenever they want and upload videos themselves.
2010• The Johnny Cash Project allows anyone to contribute to a music video.• It allows you to take screen grabs from the video and recreate and add to them.
2011• Professor Green uses 360 degree cameras for his video that allows the viewer to interact, manipulate and direct the video.