July 19, 2012
Paper copy of 122-year-old record played back
From Weird Things:
In an awesome case of 1890s cutting-edge tech meeting modern technology, Indiana University sound historian (yes... that's a job) Patrick Feaster has done something amazingly nerdy and fantastic.
While looking for an illustration of the world's oldest recording studio for a talk he was giving on Thomas Edison's recordings, Feaster pulled a book for research. Upon glancing at the index, he noticed there was an article on the gramophone. When he turned to the article? A paper print of the actual recording.
In February of this year, Feaster did something amazing with these old paper prints of the recordings: He played them back.
By scanning these paper copies, Feaster was able to unwind or "de-spiral" the line that the needle would follow on the physical record. Remarkably, these unwound spirals look a lot like a modern audio file. Using special software, Feaster was able to then play back the audio captured from a flat photo.
Feaster had already done this twice with two other recordings. What makes this recording interesting is that it predates his other finds.
"In the recording, Berliner tells us he’s making a record for Rosenthal to experiment with," Feaster says. "He shares that they're in this particular building in Hanover, and then he recites some poetry, sings a song and counts to 20 in several languages."
According to Feaster and his colleagues, what he accidentally stumbled across was the earliest known gramophone recording ever made… printed out on paper… and played back 122 years later.
For those who want to know more, here is the website of Patrick Feaster, the individual who recovered the 122-year-old sounds.
[via Richard Kashdan]
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Indeed, it has made very astute use of an historical record. Apparently, as bright we have considered some of our peers, their attention to the historical record pales in comparison to applications of available technology presented to us thanks to bookofjoe.
Posted by: Juan Caruso | Jul 19, 2012 9:04:46 PM
No that's making use of the historical record!
Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jul 19, 2012 4:36:05 PM
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