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December 17, 2011

Au clair de la lune, mon ami Pierrot…

"At the French site Anecdote du Jour you can listen to the world's first audio recordings, made in 1859 and 1860 by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville."

The recordings, one of a tuning fork being struck and two of de Martinville singing, are scratchy and thoroughly eerie. All the more so because de Martinville himself never heard them. In fact, nobody heard them until 2008.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 17, 2011 10:47 AM