What The Future of Music Looked Like 100 Years Ago

In the early 1900s, Ladies Home Journal thought the future would bring a lot of things. The predictions sound funny and old timey, sure, but you know what? Even though we haven’t eradicated flies and mosquitos (yet!), a lot of them came true. Including these five:

Hot and cold air from spigots: Suck it, past. Warm baths are a thing now.
There will be air-ships: Ever heard of planes?
To England in two days: Speaking of planes, try seven hours or less.
Trains will go 150 miles per hour: Yup, Japan’s Shinkansen goes up to 186 miles per hour.
Telephones around the world: The internet would have blown the minds of the Ladies Home Journal

But check out what they wrote about music:

Grand Opera will be Telephoned to private homes, and will sound as harmonious as though enjoyed from a theatre box. Authentic instruments reproducing original airs exactly will bring the best music to the families of the untalented.

Great musicians gather in one inclosure [sic] in New York will, my manipulating electric keys, produce at the same time music from instruments arranged in theatres or halls in San Francisco or New Orleans, for instance. Thus will great bands and orchestras give long-distance concerts.

In great cities there will be public opera-houses whose singers and musicians are paid from funds endowed by philanthropists and by the government. The piano will be capable of changing its tone from cheerful to sad. Many devices will add to the emotional effect of music.

Via Gizmodo and Alan Cross