Friday, March 28, 2008

Waldorf Forces Fail to Account for Year's Losses

This just in: researchers in France have apparently unearthed what may be the world's earliest sound recording, pre-dating Edison's efforts by over a decade. Apparently, they've located an approximately ten second recording of a French song, Au Clair de la lune, from 1860. It was made by one Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville on a phonautograph, which is perhaps among the most frightful and fascinating instruments I've learned about all year. Coincidentally enough, last night's dinner conversation involved the device, as well as several other bizarre technological blips, including the biometric gun and a really scary robot called the big dog. For more about the sound recording, and to listen to the creepy little gem, click here.

1 comment:

Logan said...

This further confirms my suspicions that Edison was little more than a huckster with a knack for marketing himself. In life, Edison was like a rabid dog when it came to taking credit for other's work and minimizing the accomplishments of his contemporaries. It irks me to no end that the world remembers his minor feats while overlooking the revolutionary inventions of Nikola Tesla.