Published on January 31st, 2012 | by Alan Cross1
Ancient Audio Recordings Discovered
When Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, he had no real use for music. He believed that his rotating cylinders should be used as telephone answering machines, dictation machines, educational tools and for capture the words of the great and famous.
Yesterday officials at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park announced the existence of some truly remarkable spoken-word recordings.
The cylinders, made in 1889 and 1890, featuring some of the oldest examples of audio recordings.
One contains the voice of Otto von Bismarck, the chancellor of Germany. Another features a military strategist reciting lines from Shakespeare. Helmuth von Moltke was 89 when he made those recordings, meaning he was born in 1800.
Fascinating stuff. Read more in the New York Times.