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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Alan Morse Davies - Phonautograph

In 1857 the first method of recording sound was invented by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, unfortunately there was no way to play it back. In 2008 the 1860 and 1859 paper recordings were decoded by scientists in Calfornia who posted the results around the world as MP3 files. What you hear is the result of a journey from 1859 to now, I haven't added anything to the "original" sound. Oh, well probably I have. The sounds you hear are the result of the original recording, the 2008 reading, the MP3 encoding and my perspective. Is it music? Well you can't hum it. Is it glorious? Maybe.

This is a pseudo-binaural recording, listen with headphones. There are some strange things going on in this recording which cannot be accurately reproduced by MP3 or Ogg format (they imagine what you can hear and leave out the rest). If you want to hear it properly, download the FLACs and play in Winamp or Foobar2000 or burn the FLACs to a CD. http://www.archive.org/download/AlanMorseDavies-Phonautograph/AlanMorseDavies-Phonautograph_vbr_mp3.zip

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