First ever audio recording can played back for the first time

Everybody knows that Thomas Edison came up with a way to play back recorded sound in 1877. But that does not mean that he was the first to record sound as well. A French scientist known as Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville actually did the first audio recording 17 years earlier through his invention known as the phonautogram.

Early this year Studio 360 broadcast piece on Scott de Martinville’s phonautograms and their induction onto the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. Producer Ben Manilla has provided First Sounds with an extended cut of this piece which we prefer. My thanks to Ben and his staff at Ben Manilla Productions.

Listen to the here: Phonautogram

Thanks to Bobby Owsinski for the letting me know about it.

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