A 5 second history of…. Sound Recordings

Written by Gretta Dunn on

The first sound recording was reportedly captured in Paris by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville in 1860, nearly two decades before Alexander Graham Bell’s first telephone call (1876) or Thomas Edison’s phonograph (1877), Scott recorded the sound on his ‘Phonautograph’. The Phonautograph was made to study sound vibrations graphically but in doing so he captured the first sound recording.

The absolutely amazing thing about this is that you can still hear these recordings. It does kinda sound like a muffled bee … but it’s still pretty amazing!!


If your curiosity has been piqued here’s an article on the first 5 recordings! https://www.catawiki.com/stories/4945-top-5-oldest-recorded-songs-in-the-world

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Drawing of a Phonautograph

Gretta Dunn

About Gretta

Gretta has been a part of the Simply Music team since 2011. Based out of Melbourne, Australia Gretta is a recording artist, songwriter & touring musician releasing music under Gretta Ziller. She is a black coffee drinker, a Chihuahua owner and has more indoor plants than places to put them! You can check out Gretta’s music via her website, www.grettaziller.com.

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