old tech … really, really old tech

Did you read about the recording discovered that predates Thomas Edison’s? This “phonoautogram” was apparently made in 1860 by French inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville … he was trying to “see” sounds, so he really wasn’t worried about playback at that point. A collaborative called First Sounds has made playback possible. First Sounds is “an informal collaborative of audio historians, recording engineers, sound archivists, scientists, other individuals, and organizations who aim to make mankind’s earliest sound recordings available to all people for all time.” See, er, hear their work: http://www.firstsounds.org/sounds/.

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