As I read this morning’s paper, I was riveted by the story about a recent discovery of an 1860 recording by French audio historian David Giovannoni. The 10 second clip of a woman singing was captured by a device called the phonautograph, which made recordings by etching sound waves from paper covered in soot created by an oil-burning lamp.
Here is the link to amazing mp3 copy of possibly the world’s first recording:
Audio of the Au Clair de la Lune recording: http://www.firstsounds.org/sounds/
I marvel at how far we’ve come, and how remarkable is the human spirit of invention and ingenuity!
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