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Recording the visible world, recording sounds: the 19th century passed down to us two inventions which changed forever the way we live the present, relate to the past and understand the very concepts of reality and self-identity. 393 more words


How to "play back" a picture of a sound wave

For many people, the reproduction of recorded sounds takes place in a conceptual black box: sound goes in, and sound comes out, and it’s stored up in things called “records” in between, but the process itself is all very mysterious.  3,234 more words

Techniques Of Eduction

Music Recording: 1857 - Current time





The History of Music Recording

1857: The Phonoautograph 

The earliest known device for recording sound.  Invented by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, it was patented on March 25 and transcribed sound waves as deviations in a line traced on smoke-blackened paper or glass.   1,819 more words

Listening Analysis Assignments

The Phonautograph

I’m frequently amazed when cycles manifest in surprising ways.  A few years ago, I stumbled across an obscure article disavowing Thomas Edison’s claim of being the first person to record or to create an artifact of a human voice or musical work. 612 more words

Cultural Highlights

Terrifying Sound of First Human Voice Recording (1860)

On the ninth of April, 1860 Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville created what is generally believed to be the first instance of a recorded human voice (beating a phonograph of Thomas Edison singing a children’s song over a decade later in 1877). 64 more words


The phonautograph - the emergence of sound recording in the 19th Century

It is easy to forget in this technological era that the latter half of the 19th Century was a major turning point between that of the old and the new. 1,962 more words