Thomas Edison has always been considered the first to record sound, but just recently, a much earlier “recording” has been found.
Little known Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville invented the phonautograph in 1860, a machine which was designed to record sounds visually. Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California were able to finally restore this recording and you can read more and hear the actual snippet right here.
If you’d like to know a little more about Mr. Edison and his still-amazing contributions, we have an interesting book at the library called “The Wizard of Menlo Park : How Thomas Alva Edison Invented the Modern World” by Randall E. Stross.
Of course, we also have many other great resources to help round out any information that you still might need. Thanks to the interesting people at the blog called Pretty Cool Things for this update!