Aether Wind

Reddington's Phonelescope

Whispering Jack Reddington graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1899 and began his career as a mining engineer. His real passion however, was the transmission and amplification of sound waves. Jack, being a religious soul, believed the dynamic range of the human voice to be divine and he never left that precious insight out of any of his experiments in the caverns. The scientific beliefs of the day were that light waves, like sound waves, needed a medium for transmission and Jack spent all his off-hours trying to alter what was called the luminiferous aether (“aether wind”) that carried them. This was in complete contradiction to the early Michelson-Morley experiments. Jack’s belief was that using different wavelengths of light in the presence of the divine sound could slightly alter the aether itself and thus produce sounds never heard by man before. After several catastrophic experiments resulting in cave-ins, Jack was relieved of his duties and barred from the mines. Reddington’s Phonelescope is the only surviving machine from Jack’s ill-fated experiments. His 1912 patent remains his only legacy.