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Old 03-27-08, 07:58 PM   #1
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Really cool - sound captured from 1860

In 1860, a frenchman developed a device to trace the sound waves of a woman singing a french folk song onto paper darkened with soot, with the intention of creating a visual representation of sound. That trace of a sound wave still exists, so researchers at berkeley converted it back into sound. (The frenchman did not envision this sound ever being replayed, this was 17 years before edison.) And so, at http://www.firstsounds.org/sounds/index.php , you can hear the voice of a woman from 1860, long before people ever envisioned sound recording.
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Old 03-27-08, 08:09 PM   #2
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That is incredibly interesting, not to mention haunting. I love things like this, so thanks for the post!
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Old 03-27-08, 08:24 PM   #3
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Very cool, and slightly creepy. Thanks!
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Old 03-27-08, 08:31 PM   #4
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Old 03-27-08, 08:32 PM   #5
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Old 03-27-08, 08:44 PM   #6
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you can hear the voice of a woman from 1860, long before people ever envisioned sound recording.
So I'm wondering, was the representation of the sound good enough to recreate a woman's voice, as this was, or did the researcher's help it out a little. I'm hoping it's the former.

Now I'm also wondering if it would be possible to run this "sound" through an enhancement process to make it clearer?
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Old 03-27-08, 08:50 PM   #7
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This part is really cool:
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The essence of the Berkeley technology, which was developed in collaboration with the Library of Congress, is to apply non-contact digital imaging to any material containing a recorded “groove”. The imaging results in a digital representation of the record which can then be played on the computer with a virtual stylus. Being non-contact, the technology protects delicate samples from further damage or degradation. This approach has been used successfully on many phonograph discs and cylinders, and its application to the phonautograph recording was a straightforward extension. It is novel however that the phonautograph recordings were never meant to be played.
A virtual groove and needle, far out man
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Old 03-27-08, 09:03 PM   #8
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Tres cool!
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Old 03-27-08, 09:05 PM   #9
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...and before anyone else does this:

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Old 03-27-08, 09:10 PM   #10
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Very cool but I wish they would have used less scratchy paper for the recording.
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Old 03-27-08, 09:10 PM   #11
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So I'm wondering, was the representation of the sound good enough to recreate a woman's voice, as this was, or did the researcher's help it out a little. I'm hoping it's the former.

Now I'm also wondering if it would be possible to run this "sound" through an enhancement process to make it clearer?
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Feaster, Giovannoni, and First Sounds audio engineer Richard Martin jointly undertook the final steps of audio interpretation and restoration. They removed speed fluctuations inherent in the hand-cranked recordings, adjusted the speed of playback, and patiently coaxed the voice from behind a curtain of noise. Like the subjects captured in the earliest photographs, the sounds are ghostly but immediately recognizable.
...sounds like it was tweeked to bring the voice out...

Incredible find though...thanks for posting...
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Old 03-27-08, 09:16 PM   #12
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Very awesome!
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Old 03-27-08, 09:25 PM   #13
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Yeah, I'm sure this has absolutely nothing to do with a vengeful spirit trying to escape centuries of torment by finding a human host to possess.
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Old 03-27-08, 09:55 PM   #14
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That woman sucks!
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Old 03-27-08, 10:30 PM   #15
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In 1860, a frenchman developed a device to trace the sound waves of a woman singing a french folk song onto paper darkened with soot, with the intention of creating a visual representation of sound. That trace of a sound wave still exists, so researchers at berkeley converted it back into sound. (The frenchman did not envision this sound ever being replayed, this was 17 years before edison.) And so, at http://www.firstsounds.org/sounds/index.php , you can hear the voice of a woman from 1860, long before people ever envisioned sound recording.
what a cool post man...
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Old 03-28-08, 07:40 AM   #16
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Amazing, it does sound a lot like paper.
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Old 03-28-08, 07:50 AM   #17
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Sadly, crazy scratchy paper voice lady was voted out last night.

This morning William Hung showed up at Berkeley with a stack of post-it notes, demanding, "Do these! Do these!"
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Old 03-28-08, 08:01 AM   #18
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How long until the RIAA demands their cut?
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Old 03-28-08, 08:09 AM   #19
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They can clean up the audio all they want but at the end of the day it's still French.
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Old 03-28-08, 08:29 AM   #20
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How long until the RIAA demands their cut?
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Old 03-28-08, 08:31 AM   #21
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Wow, that's incredibly cool. Thanks for posting.
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Old 03-28-08, 08:45 AM   #22
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Old 03-28-08, 09:04 AM   #23
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Old 03-28-08, 09:21 AM   #24
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That song sucks

I wouldn't pay to download it.
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Old 03-28-08, 11:56 AM   #25
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Well, we've confirmed that women have been whining since at LEAST 1860.
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