A Berkeley research team restored and converts the oldest known recording of an American voice and the first captured musical performance. It also captures the first recorded blooper!
The recording was originally made on a Thomas Edison-invented phonograph in St. Louis in 1878.
At a time when music lovers can carry thousands of digital songs on a player the size of a pack of gum, Edison's tinfoil playback seems prehistoric. But that dinosaur opens a key window into the development of recorded sound.
A trustee at the Museum of Innovation and Science had this to say:
In the history of recorded sound that's still playable, this is about as far back as we can go.
The recording starts off with a cornet solo of an unidentified song, followed by a reciting of 'Mary Had a Little Lamb" and Old Mother Hubbard.
What about the blooper?
The man laughs at two spots during the recording, including at the end, when he recites the wrong words in the second nursery rhyme.
"Look at me; I don't know the song," he says.
If you are interested in checking out a few samples and to learn more, click on over to this site.
There ya have it, some of the roots for everything we love around here.