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Speed-Correcting Phonautograms Without Pilot Tones

I always find it hard to put into words what’s uniquely special about the phonautogram of “Au Clair de la Lune” recorded by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville on April 9, 1860. 4,631 more words

Audio Archeology

Mary Had A Piece of Foil

Recording the sound of a human voice first became of interest to scientists in the 1870s, but wasn’t truly accomplished until Thomas Edison revealed his tinfoil phonograph. 445 more words


Sciences of Rhythm

One of the foundational claims of my research is that, as with many phenomena, the way in which one approaches rhythm will impact how one thinks about it. 1,350 more words


There Ain’t ‘Alf Some Clever Bastards – Part Sixty Nine

Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville (1817 – 1879)

It is always fascinating to hear yourself as others hear you. Often it is quite a shock – do I really sound like that? 572 more words


Daguerreotyping the Voice: Léon Scott’s Phonautographic Aspirations

The oldest recorded human voice that can be heard intelligibly today dates from April 9, 1860: a ghostly snippet of the folksong “Au Clair de la Lune,” played back in March 2008 after lying silent for nearly a century and a half.  4,170 more words


9 Apr : Listen to World's first known recorded song

As the video says itself – This is the first ever recording of human voice.
Although the recording is not very clear but its very very special. 52 more words


April 9

1860: The oldest known recording of an audible human voice is made. Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville was a French printer and bookseller from Paris. He patented a phonautograph on March 25, 1857. 501 more words