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The Earliest Recordings

Postby PJF » 21 Nov 2006, 23:07

This unedited June 29, 1888 recording of a chorus of 4000 singing Handel festival: "Israel In Egypt" (excerpt), conducted by August Manns is the earliest known recording of music in existence. It was recorded on an Edison yellow paraffine cylinder, using a phonograph at a distance of 100+ yards.

On note with cylinder: "A chorus of 4000 voices recorded with phonograph over 100 yards away."

Composed by: G.F. Handel
Conducted by: August Manns
Record format: Edison yellow paraffine cylinder
Recorded by: Col. George Gouraud, foreign sales agent for Thomas Edison
Location: the Crystal Palace, London, England
Recording date: June 29, 1888.

http://star.walagata.com/w/lapeter/EDIS-SRP-0154-17.mp3
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Postby PJF » 21 Nov 2006, 23:43

This 1919 recording is of Rachmaninoff playing his C-sharp minor prelude. http://star.walagata.com/w/lapeter/EDIS-SRP-0192-13.mp3
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Postby Brewtality » 21 Nov 2006, 23:46

pretty cool, even if it is barely audible. The rach 1919 is not that early, I have hofmann recordings from 1903.

If only Hofmann's edison cylinders from march 1888 still survived.
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Postby PJF » 21 Nov 2006, 23:59

If I'm not mistaken (correct me if I'm wrong), the aforementioned Prelude is the earliest recording of Rachmaninoff in existence.
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Postby PJF » 22 Nov 2006, 00:39

This 1878 lead cylinder contains the earliest known playable recording in existence. Through the thick static, we can hear Frank Lambert calling out the hours, "Five o'clock, six o'clock", etc...

http://tinfoil.com/lam-clock~.mp3

I love the fact that we can hear a fellow human's voice from an era that is so far removed from our own. I often lament what could have been, had we the technology to record Lincoln, Chopin, Beethoven or the meeting of the Continental Congress; then I realize with a grin that people living thousands of years in the future have a decent chance of hearing and seeing the high-tech recordings of today. It's an intriguing concept: the history books of the next millenium will probably contain a clear video record of our way of life.
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Postby juufa72 » 22 Nov 2006, 21:48

Crap! This stuff will give me something to dream about. Because lately I have been having very very odd dreams. And the noise of these recordigns won't help at night :lol::wink:


anyways. Too bad Liszt himself wasn't recorded. He died in 1881, did he retire from playing? Or did he play up until his death like Chopin?

Some more (as well as some repeats) http://www.nps.gov/archive/edis/edisonia/very_early.htm
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Postby Brewtality » 23 Nov 2006, 06:26

PJF wrote:This 1878 lead cylinder contains the earliest known playable recording in existence. Through the thick static, we can hear Frank Lambert calling out the hours, "Five o'clock, six o'clock", etc...

http://tinfoil.com/lam-clock~.mp3

I love the fact that we can hear a fellow human's voice from an era that is so far removed from our own. I often lament what could have been, had we the technology to record Lincoln, Chopin, Beethoven or the meeting of the Continental Congress; then I realize with a grin that people living thousands of years in the future have a decent chance of hearing and seeing the high-tech recordings of today. It's an intriguing concept: the history books of the next millenium will probably contain a clear video record of our way of life.


heh thats great even though I couldn't hear anything. I get goosebumps listening to these. It's like a window into the past. spooky.
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Postby PJF » 23 Nov 2006, 22:45

Brewtality wrote: heh thats great even though I couldn't hear anything. I get goosebumps listening to these. It's like a window into the past. spooky.


FYI, the discernable speech is about twenty seconds into the recording.
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