Friday, December 16, 2011

Listen to the first recording of human voices… (And the first daguerreotype of a human)

Note: Cross posted from Retrovirus Lab.

Spotted by William on Facebook (, translation by Google…

The first record of voices in the world in 1860 - Anecdote of the Day:

It is generally accepted that Edison was the first to reproduce recorded sound, with the invention of the phonograph in 1877. The first sound recording has kept him took place in 1860 and we owe it to a French scholar, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville . Scott invented the phonautograph , a device to translate sound waves on a roll of paper coated with soot. The special feature of the device is that it could record the sounds but not to reproduce . Scott filed a patent in 1857 for the phonautograph.

Follow the link to hear the recordings…

A bonus for Rubble….

I’ll let William explain…

I guess this [recording] was discovered in 2008 but it was the first time I heard, or heard of it. Thirty years before Edison... a year before Lincoln was president! It's as haunting as Daguerre's first picture of a human (a fuzzy fellow standing on the corner in the lower left foreground), taken in 1838.


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