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Alexander Graham Bell recording identified


Posted on Friday, 26 April, 2013 | Comment icon 7 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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A 128-year-old recording made by the inventor of the telephone has been uncovered by researchers.

The wax-disc recording was made in 1885 at Bell's Volta laboratory in Washington and is so fragile that researchers needed to set up an alternative playback system to avoid damaging the disc. Upon playing the recording a voice states - "hear my voice, Alexander Graham Bell," as well as a number of other recitals. It is one of the earliest and most historically significant recordings held at the Smithsonian Institution.

"Identifying the voice of Alexander Graham Bell, the man who brought us everyone else's voice, is a major moment in the study of history," said National Museum of American History director John Gray. "It enriches what we know about the late 1800s, who spoke, what they said and how they said it."

"The voice of Alexander Graham Bell has been identified for the first time, in a recording from 1885."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Taun on 26 April, 2013, 16:40
I can't listen at work, but I wonder if he sounded like Don Ameche?...
Comment icon #2 Posted by paperdyer on 26 April, 2013, 19:50
Just listened to it. Definitely not Don Ameche.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Esoteric Toad on 26 April, 2013, 20:47
Definitely distorted though. Sort of a warble effect going on. Pretty amazing though to think this is a voice from a 128 years ago.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Xanthurion2 on 26 April, 2013, 21:59
That is cool. I always knew "Gram" was the wrong pronunciation.
Comment icon #5 Posted by coolguy on 28 April, 2013, 4:00
This is awesome that they where able to hear this its a voice from the past. He is counting great technology they have to day
Comment icon #6 Posted by coolguy on 28 April, 2013, 4:00
Anybody else listen to it
Comment icon #7 Posted by wimfloppp on 29 April, 2013, 9:17
How do they know its his voice.


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