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Snaggy

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Icon 3 posted March 27, 2008 12:13      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Researchers say they have unearthed a recording of the human voice, made by a little-known Frenchman, that predates Edison's invention of the phonograph by nearly two decades.

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/03/27/arts/27soun.php

There's a clip of the recording on the site too... a female vocalist can be heard singing a rather creepy little tune.
[Eek!]

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Yeah, but Frenchie here never intended for his recordings to be played back, nor did he ever invent a way for them to be played back.

I would say that his invention, though rather novel, unique, and kind of neat, is still inherently limited to creating what I would call a "sound picture" rather than what we, in our modern times, would think of as a "recording" of sound.

Good old Thomas Edison is still the father of recorded audio! This is just a press release aimed at getting a headline.

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Amazing


clearrer french was never spoken!

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Icon 3 posted March 27, 2008 15:07      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
MMKK, me think you doth protest too much. It's not about dissing Edison's work, in fact the historian makes sure to mention him...

"Edison is not diminished whatsoever by this discovery," Giovannoni said.

This is about the oldest sound recorded, of hearing a recording made before the idea of audio playback was even imagined.

More here, with a drawing of the phonautograph...
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/27/arts/27soun.html?_r=2&hp&oref=slogin&oref=slogin


I've read about researchers searching for other ways sound waves may have been recorded in nature, trying to find even older examples. Wouldn't it be cool to hear a recording of the Ancient Greeks, or of the dinosaurs for instance?

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quote:
Originally posted by Snaggy:


I've read about researchers searching for other ways sound waves may have been recorded in nature, trying to find even older examples. Wouldn't it be cool to hear a recording of the Ancient Greeks, or of the dinosaurs for instance?

Cool yes, but I don't think much will come of this.

Sound waves have so little energy that for them to have enough of an effect on something to be able to extract information of the original sound wave and then for the matter to survive unaltere(such a peice of matter would undoubtably have to be very weak to be able to be altered by sound waves) for a long period of time seems extremely improbable.

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And here I thought that "oldest sound recording" was referring to Mick Jagger's latest tune. [shake head]

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ha ha it caused a giggling fit!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7318173.stm

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quote:
Originally posted by Snaggy:
ha ha it caused a giggling fit!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7318173.stm

Ah, Charlotte Green... her voice has been known to induce *ahem* pleasant dreams. [Wink]

edit: I just listened to that clip -- what's funny is the way she tries so hard to keep it together... and then fails miserably. [Smile]

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