The First Recorded Music – Edison Was Second


edison.jpgWe were all taught that Tom Edison made the first recordings, using his famous wax cylinders. This recounting certainly fits well with our typical US-centric mindset.

As it turns out, this article in Nature reports that Edison was probably two decades late. It turns out that Edison was probably bested by a Frenchman (Edourard-Leon Scott), who recorded music on a visual medium using a phonautograph.

But did the 1860 phonautograph technology really work, i.e., does it create reproducible music?

Listen to this MP3 for yourself, and come to your own conclusion!

One thought on “The First Recorded Music – Edison Was Second

  1. OK, it may be a mistake to credit Edison with the first audio recording, but Edison was YEARS (like a century and a half) ahead of this Frenchman as far as making a usable system that actually lets you PLAYBACK the recording. To make a recording that has no way to be played back kinda defeats the purpose of making a recording.

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