Thursday, July 7, 2011

123 year-old talking doll record speaks again

You can now listen to the oldest known American recording of a woman's voice that time and technology had left mute. The recording of the first stanza from the nursery rhyme Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, believed to have been produced for a talking doll sold by Thomas Edison, was rediscovered in 1967. But age had taken its toll. The ring-shaped cylinder phonograph record, which was made in 1888, was bent to the point where it no longer worked with a conventional stylus that required physical contact. However, a group of scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory used a new imaging technique to play the 12-second clip without needing to actually touch the record. More>