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Re: [SCA_BARDS] Completely OOP, but fascinating!

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  • Anjuli
    Yes, I heard this recording earlier today, and it is totally mind-blowingly fascinating! Anjuli
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 29, 2008
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      Yes, I heard this recording earlier today, and it is totally
      mind-blowingly fascinating!


      wodeford wrote:
      > Given the way that local newslinks sometimes tend to vanish, I have
      > posted the entire text and links to my LiveJournal at
      > http://gurdymonkey.livejournal.com/153765.html
      > Researchers at Stanford have uncovered what is believed to be the
      > first recording ever made of a human voice. It can be heard here.
      > http://www.bayareanewsgroup.com/multimedia/mn/news/audio/1860-Scott-Au-Clair-de-la-Lune.mp3
      > http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_8739021?source=most_viewed is the link
      > to the article.
      > "In what they say is the earliest recording ever made of a human
      > voice, researchers at a Stanford University conference on Friday
      > revealed to the world a sound clip with an extraordinary pedigree.
      > Created in 1860 by an obscure French typesetter - nearly two decades
      > before Thomas Edison's invention of the phonograph - the snippet was
      > re-created thanks to the international sleuthing by audio historians,
      > algorithmic alchemy by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
      > scientists who turned squiggles on paper into sounds, and the
      > passionate push of a collaborative of audiophiles in search of the
      > world's oldest sounds."
      > "Her voice is ghostly and it's magical, as if she were trying to come
      > into the 21st century to sing for us," said David Giovannoni, the
      > audio historian behind the research. He helped crack the case by
      > unearthing the "phonautogram" that Idouard-Lion Scott de Martinville
      > originally made for visual, not audio, playback."
      > "What would eventually turn out to be the Parisian inventor's historic
      > contribution to the world's sound-scape was "recorded" on a
      > phonautograph, the machine Scott created to capture sounds with a
      > stylus. The device etched its waves onto lampblack-covered paper, a
      > sort of precursor to the carbon copies that died out with the modern
      > photocopier."
      > Jehanne de Wodeford
      > West Kingdom
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