Smithsonian Scientists Restore Recording Of Alexander Graham Bell
Scientists working with the Smithsonian Institution have managed to successfully restore a recording that contains the voice of Alexander Graham Bell:
On a wax disc recording from 1885 held by the Smithsonian Institution, Bell can be heard saying, “Hear my voice, Alexander Graham Bell,” the Associated Press reports. The discovery was announced Wednesday.
The Smithsonian holds a variety of experiments in sound recording from Bell’s Volta Laboratory in Washington, including the wax disc. Technicians from the Library of Congress and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California collaborated with the museum to identify Bell’s voice.
Here’s the recording:
I hope they keep working on it.
Talk about your bad cell signal, eh?
I don’t know that I’ve ever heard Graham pronounced with two syllables.
Considering the fact we’re talking about a 128 year old recording, it’s a wonder they were able to recover anything
Very true, Doug, it is an amazing art and technique.
I watched a program on History or Discovery a few years ago that was centered on these folks’ colleagues — or perhaps these people. The concept was “The 20th century was the century of recording. The 21st century is the century of preserving.”
Maybe the 22nd century will be the century of uninstagraming every picture on the old web.
And ridding the Internet of all those duckface photos of people’s Grandmothers when they were teenagers.