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February 10, 2012

Listen to the earliest recorded sound ever recovered (1860)

"In 2008, Dr. [Patrick] Feaster and his colleagues at FirstSounds.org succeeded in playing a version of the French lullaby 'Au Clair de la Lune,' deciphered from a tracing in soot-coated paper dating from 1860 — the earliest sound ever recovered."

YouTube caption: "This is the first sound ever recorded, by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, in 1860, before Edison's wax cylinder experiments. Ironically, the phonoautograph was designed only to record sounds, not to play them back."

"The 10-seconds-long ghostly voice is a woman singing 'Au Clair de la Lune.'"

[via Ron Cowen and the New York Times]

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Sounds like a fly!

Posted by: Virginia | Feb 10, 2012 9:18:44 PM

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