Anniversary of the First Known Recording of the Human Voice

On April 9, 1860 the earliest known recording of a human voice was accomplished by Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville, pre-dating Edison by 18 years. Known as a phonautograph and consisting of lines traced on smoke-blackened paper or glass, its intention was the study of acoustics.

Firstsounds.org is a very cool initiative that preserves phonautograms and makes them freely available to the world under a Creative Commons License. This is Scott de Martinville singing Au Clair de Lune in French.

http://www.firstsounds.org/sounds/scott.php

Portrait of French typographer Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville (1817-1879), inventor of the phonautograph.
Portrait of French typographer Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville (1817-1879), inventor of the phonautograph.

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