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123-year-old Recording

July 9, 2011 by Post Team 

123-year-old Recording123-year-old Recording, Thomas Edison had a bright idea: make a talking doll that would be a lot of money! All I had to do was find a way to record vocals; I put on the wrists, and make them durable enough for kids to use. This element was too much even for Edison to run their business and talking doll went nowhere.

However, a recording of 123 years old survived and recovered with modern technology by scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California. The result is a rough, but understandable, the recording of a woman reciting “Twinkle, Twinkle” in 1888.

After Edison invented the phonograph, sought a way that could be used. The sound quality was not very good, and nobody would pay to hear music they could do, so it was unclear what was a good-recorded sound. Edison had the idea to make a doll that had a voice recorded on it, so that children can listen to their wrists – an idea that predates “Chatty Cathy” for about 70 years.

He designed the dolls and created the mechanism of reproduction that make the doll appear to speak. The records were the rings, however, the appearance of large bracelets. There was no way to mass produce, so that each individual was recorded by women sitting in a room, screaming machines in small talk, as reported by the New York Evening Sun in 1888. This means that these women were the first artists in the world of professional recording.

Edison initially used records from tin, but then switched to the wax. When the doll finally came to market in 1890, were failures. Records are broken all too easily and without the record, the doll was quite charming.

One of the first records languished forgotten in a desk until 1967 when the National Park Service in Edison museum listed it. At this point, had become bent and distorted and could no longer play on their original team.

He was speechless until Jerry Fabris, curator of the museum, he learned of a process at the Lawrence Berkeley that could restore the sound. The use of software and millions of microscopic measurements, the laboratory created a three-dimensional computer model of cylindrical logs, and “play” on your computer. The result was a reproduction of the first commercial recording ever.

Listening to the recording of 123 years old, the website of the National Park Service.

And how “Chatty Cathy”, say the 11 phrases that became a hit? Using a small phonograph record mounted on her stomach. Edison had the right idea; he was just a little early.

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