The Oldest Recorded Human Voice


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It is a mere 10-second clip of the French song "Au Clair de La Lune" - yet this first ever human voice recording, by Frenchman Edourado-Leon Scott in April of 1860, has changed history.

That is because this recording predates Thomas Edison's recording of "Mary had a little lamb", previously thought as the oldest recorded voice - by seventeen years!

Scott recorded the voice, thought to be his daughters', on a machine called a phonautograph that worked by etching sounds onto a paper covered with soot.

The sound from the ponautograph was retrieved by a group of scientists from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, USA. They used a technology that is designed to play audio records without touching them.

While the 10-second song clip may not seem like much, keep in mind it was done almost one-hundred fifty years ago, even before the light bulb was invented!


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  • WOWFriday, September 14, 2018 at 11:16 am
    that was cool but creepy
    • meWednesday, June 6, 2018 at 10:44 am
      • sanic360
        sanic360Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 10:31 am
        Good job
        • eaglegamer
          eaglegamerWednesday, June 6, 2018 at 9:50 am
          cool and wreid
          • EleanorMonday, May 14, 2018 at 9:40 am
            • bgjhnlokjgnvi,Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 11:50 am
              i didn't even read it and i already have chills down my spine!
              • sophiaTuesday, January 10, 2017 at 8:20 am
                • sophiaTuesday, January 10, 2017 at 8:20 am
                  • GriffinTuesday, January 10, 2017 at 8:18 am
                    • wickedMonday, September 28, 2015 at 10:02 am
                      thats a little creeper