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The earliest audio recording – discovered!

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In 1860, a French scientist – Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville – recorded ‘Au Clair de la Lune’ on a piece of paper blackened by oil smoke. Scientists have now reproduced that recording and and the article and the recording is on the NYT

Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville has certainly been obscure, at least until now. Researchers say that in April 1860, the Parisian tinkerer used a device called a phonautograph to make visual recordings of a woman singing “Au Clair de la Lune.” That was 17 years before Thomas Edison received a patent for the phonograph, and 28 years before his technology was used to capture and play back a piece of a section of a Handel oratorio.


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Written by janusmusings

March 30, 2008 at 2:55 am

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