Alexander Graham Bell is known for inventing the telephone; but for someone so associated with sound, it’s curious that no one living has actually ever heard the tenor of his voice. However, as of Wednesday, anyone can hear what he sounded like. New technology has brought a 128-year-old recording made by Bell back to life, according to Smithsonian magazine.
World’s Oldest Recordings 1860 and 1877
The recording is of a song called ‘Au Claire de la Lune’ made 1860 to 1877. The recording predates Thomas Alva Edison wax recordings. It’s like a haunting from the grave.
This ever-popular Scotch air of nostalgia, friendship, and adult beverages, is heard in this early Edison Quartette recording. The background rumbling sound comes from a mechanical process used, probably not at Edison’s Labs but at a record dealership, in duplicating this record from a master cylinder.
After The Ball - George J. Gaskin (1893)
George J. Gaskin (1863-1920) is an Irish Tenor who was one of the first vocalists to make a recording with Edison Records. This is a recording of him singing “After The Ball” in 1893.
Oldest Known Recording of a US President
This is believed to be the oldest known recording of any U.S. President. It was recorded on an Edison wax cylinder sometime around 1889.
This scratchy, 12-second audio clip of a woman reciting the first verse of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” doesn’t sound like much. But the faint, 123-year-old recording—etched into a warped metal cylinder and brought back to life after decades of silence by a three-dimensional (3D) optical scanning technique—appears to belong to the first record intended for sale to the public. Made for a talking doll briefly sold by phonograph inventor Thomas Edison, the early record is the oldest known American recording of a woman’s voice and may be the oldest known record produced at Edison’s laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey.
The sound files of Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville’s phonautograms released during 2008 by the First Sounds collaborative were created using the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s virtual stylus technology, which sought to track the soot-scratched wavy lines as though they were standard record grooves. However, Scott didn’t intend his phonautograms to be played back, and from a modern perspective his tracings are often “malformed”: the recording stylus sometimes left the paper and sometimes moved backwards along the time axis, violating basic assumptions of the “virtual stylus” approach and—for that matter—of sound recording in general. For this reason, we supposed at first that many of Scott’s phonautograms—particularly the earliest ones—might remain permanently mute.
Another rare, Historical voice recording. Florence Nightingale(1820.5.12 - 1910.8.13), known as “The Lady with the Lamp” and a pioneering nurse, writer, and noted statistician, recorded some words on Edison Parafine Wax Cylinder, on July 30th, 1890.
This is a 1933 Dubbing from the original cylinder, made by Edison-Bell Company from England, released as “19th Century Celebrities Series No.1”. I don’t know if there is someone who has some of this “Celebrities Series”.
Since the dubbing was made at the wrong speed (the cylinder was played too fast), I played the record on 74rpm, to correct the speed.
A real historical recording - this is the oldest recording (considering when the recording was made) I have in my collection.