31 March 2008

Hot Wax From 1860

Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory teamed up with audio historians to play back the earliest known recording of the human voice, a woman singing the French folk song "Au Clair de la Lune." Parisian inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville made the 11-second recording in 1860, a full 17 years before Thomas Edison recorded "Mary Had A Little Lamb" and a shocking 127 years before "Pump Up the Volume."

You can listen to the recording here.

Edison buffs tripped over themselves to reassure the Francophobic U.S. public that Scott is no challenge to Edison's legacy. After all, Scott was merely first to record the human voice. Edison recorded it and played it back. Freedom fries, anyone?

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