Source: FirstSounds.ORG

This is a fascinating website dedicated to preserving the earliest audio recordings.

Contrary to the belief that Thomas Edison invented sound recording in the 1870s, the first sound recordings were made between 1853-1860 by Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville in Paris (it is likely that Edison was unaware of Scott de Martinville’s work, indicating that Edison did, in a sense, invent something that had been invented separately 20 years earlier). describes Scott de Martinville’s recordings as the first airborne recorded sounds, differentiating them from other recording technologies such as the player piano and music box. Granted, there is no particular artistry in these recordings – they consist of someone humming “Claire de Lune” and a major scale – but there is great historical significance in that they are the first audio recordings.

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