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09/04/1860 Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville makes the oldest known recording of an audible human voice

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First sound ever recorded 1860 - 1885 - 1900

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Humanity's First Recording of Its Own Voice - Act 7 - Finding Édouard-Léon

The recording, of part of the French folk song Au clair de la lune, was initially played at a speed that produced what seemed to be a 10-second recording of the voice of a woman or child singing at an ordinary musical tempo. The researchers later found that it was actually a 20-second recording of a man, probably Scott himself, singing the song very slowly.
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    • Rediscovery of the ''Au clair de la lune'' recording