When the Music Plays


I had mentioned a seemingly revival of vinyl interest last month, so I thought I would take a look at some of the history of the record album.

Gman (my husband) let me know that although it was said that Edison was the first person to produce an audio recording, it has come to light that he was not the first to do so.

Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville is the first person who captured sound. In 1857 he patented the phonautograph. This was a device that took sound waves through a horn with a stylus on the end. The stylus then drew lines on a sheet of paper covered in soot from an oil lamp. The odd thing was that Scott never thought of the device playing back his recording, only creating a visual record. On April 9, 1860, he made his first 10 second recording, singing a French folksong.

Now fast forward 150 years later, with technology able to take this history and play it for the first time since it’s creation. Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory were able to make digital maps of this antique sound and play it back.

This You-Tube link gives you a demonstration of this sound recording as it was in different stages of being restored.


Since that sounded a little creepy, how about a piece from an artist of that time period. Clair de Lune by Debussy. Pour yourself some organic tea, relax, listen and enjoy!


Lisa B

One Comment Add yours

  1. Yuvathi says:

    nice piece! informative 🙂

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