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Old 27th March 2008, 10:34 AM   #1
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I present for your amusment this article in the New York Times.

The earliest playable audio recording. 17 years before Edison.

I knew about phonautograms, but didn't know Scott de Martinville.

No mention of Charles Cros, of course. Most people STILL think Edison had the original idea for the phonograph. Sigh.....
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Old 27th March 2008, 01:01 PM   #2
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Hi Pano

Thanks for this incredible post Your membership here is a credit to diyaudio, don't you think, Mods?

At least I know of the Frenchman's work before Edison.

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Old 27th March 2008, 07:51 PM   #3
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Hey Bulgin - thanks.

Did you have to log into the NYT? I tried to post a link that would not need log in, but maybe it didn't work.
This link might not need log in.


It isn't much of a recording, most of it barley audible, but at least it exists. And it was never meant to be replayed, just seen. 1860!

The article raises some interesting questions.

How was the paper scanned?
What's this "Digital Stylus" technique? Anyone know how that works?
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Old 27th March 2008, 11:01 PM   #5
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hiya panomaniac

I listened to the comparative recordings without any problems, thanks.

I'm quite interested in old recordings and have some hill and dale and single-sided shellacs. Can't play the hill and dale stuff tho'.

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