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By the Smoke of an Oil Lamp? The First Audio Recording Found!

A beautiful and eerie, here is what is believed to be the earliest – ever recording!!
Listen here and here !!
The song is “Au Clair de la Lune,” recorded by Parisian inventor, Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville recorded on a “Phonautograph”.This a device that engraved sound waves onto a sheet of paper blackened by the smoke of an oil lamp! Hmm. I wonder if that would work better than Logic Pro 7….

More via and The Guardian.


  1. …and BBC news reader giggles through obituary after hearing said recording here

    Comment by TheLaurelTree on March 31, 2008 at 7:10 pm

  2. Comment by TheLaurelTree on March 31, 2008 at 7:10 pm

  3. Hi lovely Lauren!! yes we heard that as well…couldnt help but laugh myself, sorry to say…: ) Agh!

    Comment by Analog Suicide on April 2, 2008 at 4:23 pm

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