Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville : Au Clair De La Lune

Already one of my all-time favourite seven-inch singles, even though only released on 15th September 2009, by the wonderful Dust-To-Digital's new vinyl subsiduary Parlortone (PT-1001) : a twenty-second piece from 1860, the earliest known intelligible recording of the human voice - that of Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, inventor of the phonautograph, predating Thomas Alva Edison's phonograph by seventeen years. The label design is exquisite, like that of an old 78, and the B side is etched. The sleeve reproduces the Au Clair De La Lune phonautogram.

Link : http://dust-digital.com/newsletters/09-08.htm.
Flickr set : http://www.flickr.com/photos/dusttodigital/sets/72157621903891773.

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