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First Sounds

First Sounds

This website contains audio files of the earliest known sound recordings.  They were created in France by Leon Scott about 1860, nearly twenty years before the Edison phonograph.  While the device did successfully record a representation of the input sound, it was not capable of playback.  Some of these recordings were finally played back in 2008 using digital imaging techniques to render a digital sound file.  This website has these sound files available for listening, as well as associated information about the recordings.

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