Friday, December 17, 2010

A recording from Edison's phonograph

A chorus of 4000 voices was recorded with a phonograph, over 100 yards away, on yellow paraffin cylinder. The recording was made by Col. George Gouraud, foreign sales agent for Thomas Edison, at the Crystal Palace, London, England on, June 29, 1888. The musical composition is "Israel in Egypt" by George Frideric Handel, conducted by August Manns.
The recording is beautifully spooky, with the choir's ethereal voices blending into mechanical scratches and thumps from the recording medium.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting. I didn't realize he'd done recordings on such a large scale.