Sunday, March 30, 2008

Earliest recorded human voice

Some sound recordings have been discovered that are among the first ever made.

French inventor Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville produced phonautograms made by connecting a funnel to a stylus, which traced a series of squiggly lines onto a cylinder of paper covered in lampblack.

Scott had wanted to study the patterns of lines, not to play back the recordings. But because of the invention of software designed to play fragile records without touching them, we now can hear the earliest recording of a human voice, made on 9 April 1860.

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