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Early sound recordings
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Author:  Dave Stubbs [ Wed Dec 09, 2009 3:33 pm ]
Post subject:  Early sound recordings

Most people always think that Edison made the first sound recordings, with his "Mary had a little lamb" recorded on tinfoil, but in fact recordings were made 20 years earlier in France by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville.

The amazing thing is that none of Edisons first recordings still exist, because tinfoil, as we know, is not very durable and Edison played them back until the foil wore out, but the recordings made 20 years earlier will still play, because there was no way to play them back at the time, so they have survived!

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Author:  George Houghton [ Thu Dec 10, 2009 8:47 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Early sound recordings

Did'nt know that Dave, I have a recording somewhere of Edison reciting Mary had a little Lamb, I will try to dig it out.

George :grinder:

Author:  George Houghton [ Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:51 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Early sound recordings

I cant find my copy of Edisons first recorded words but have found a link to the recording on the internet.Thanks to Google :D2

George :grinder:

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