The oldest known recording of American voice has been restored and replayed for the first time in over 100 years.
Dating to June 22, 1878, the recording was made for an early Edison phonograph on tin foil which had become too fragile and torn to play back. Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory optically scanned
the foil and developed a program to replay it digitally. [more inside]
Desperate Man Blues
Edward Gillen's documentary about Joe Bussard, renowned collector of 25,000+ blues, folk and gospel 78rpm records from the 20s and 30s. It's about the hunt and the hunter, as much as what he found. One week only on Pitchfork TV [more inside]
[PREVIOUSLY on METAFILTER]
Each week between 2005 and 2007 (and sporadically thereafter), Basic Hip Digital Oddio
's Kiddie Records Weekly
offered children's recordings issued by big labels during the 1940's and 1950's. This cache
, the covers and sounds therein lovingly digitized
, ready for you to absorb.
The Sound of 78s
Roger Wilmut's podcasts of 78 rpm records from his collection. [more inside]
"Close your eyes.
See if you can distinguish the voice of the New Edison from that of the artist. Did you ever believe it was possible to recreate the human voice?" As featured on the July 16 episode of NPR's Next Big Thing
, Thomas Edison's promotional tone tests
have been recreated
by composer Nicholas Brooke
for the stage
, which New York MeFites can see at the Lincoln Center Festival later this week
. (More wonderful phonographic ephemera here
, by the way.)
"Uh, that does happen sometimes, that can't be good"
I don't know how old this is, but it's off of TechTV. The guest is showing off an old phonograph cylinder when ....
I guess he was a bit nervous.