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March 30, 2008

Earliest Recorded Sound Available as Free MP3

The news of recovery of what is now the first recorded sounds in history, dating from April 9, 1860, is short of remarkable given the methodology of recording sound waves etched on smoky paper.  In a historical perspective, U.S. President James Buchanan was finishing out his unremarkable presidency, the U.S. Civil War would begin slightly one year later, Marx and Engels were exchanging letters, and Queen Victoria was in her 23rd year of her 64 year reign of England.  Her eighth prime minister was serving by that time.  In your face Thomas Edison. 

The recovered audio is available in MP3 format at Firstsounds.org.  How far we've come from that moment to the present decline transition of the commercial recording industry in the digital age.

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