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Researchers Play Tune Recorded Before Edison

Postby Trumpetmaster » Thu Mar 27, 2008 11:25 am

Y.R.H.

Thanks for telling us about this..

Here is the link to the NY Times story for those who wish to read it in full.....

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/27/arts/ ... ref=slogin

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Re: Researchers Play Tune Recorded Before Edison

Postby jamiebk » Thu Mar 27, 2008 12:39 pm

WOW!! :shock:
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Re: Researchers Play Tune Recorded Before Edison

Postby navneeth » Thu Mar 27, 2008 12:44 pm

Thanks for link, TM. Interesting information.
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Re: Researchers Play Tune Recorded Before Edison

Postby Trumpetmaster » Thu Mar 27, 2008 1:48 pm

navneeth wrote:Thanks for link, TM. Interesting information.


Navneeth...

Actually the thanks goes to H.R.H.
She was talking about it earlier today... so I went the the NY Times website
to read the entire article....

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Re: Researchers Play Tune Recorded Before Edison

Postby barfle » Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:32 pm

Cool. Very, very cool, and fascinating to an over-the-hill engineer like me.

I would describe Scott's invention as an oscillograph - a device that pictures a signal. I had no idea such a record existed, but anyone who did would be able to decipher it with the tools we have available today. It's difficult to determine exactly how the recording is done, but it might have been possible that the trace could have been transferred to a 3-D medium (like Edison's) for reproduction, it would have been a pretty tough task before all the image analysis tools we have with computers today.

The article had an audio copy of the recording - fascinating! I would love to see a high definition copy of the "phonautograph" recording and see if I could analyze it like Scott intended to. This is the kind of stuff I love!

Thanks, YRH. How did you find it?
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Re: Researchers Play Tune Recorded Before Edison

Postby navneeth » Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:32 am

Trumpetmaster wrote:Navneeth...

Actually the thanks goes to H.R.H.
She was talking about it earlier today... so I went the the NY Times website
to read the entire article....

TM


You thanked her, I thanked you. :)
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