Au Clair de la Lune (1860)

Description: One-sided 45rpm record comes complete with an etched back, a descriptive essay and a reproduction of Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville’s original Au Clair phonautogram.
Publication Date: September 15, 2009
Availability: In Stock

Price: $7.00
Dust-to-Digital proudly inaugurates its vinyl imprint Parlortone with the earliest intelligible recording of the human voice: an historic 20-second version of Au Clair de la Lune (PT-1001) made in 1860, 17 years before Thomas Edison invented the phonograph.
Example “No. 5”— Au Clair de la Lune was recorded on April 9th 1860. Scott prepared its recording surface by wrapping a sheet of paper around a cylinder, which he rotated over a smoking lantern to cover with soot. He recorded with two styli—one driven by the vibrations of a tuning fork, the other driven by a membrane vibrating in sympathy with his voice. He removed the paper from the cylinder and immersed it in an alcohol-based fixative from behind its curtain of noise.

From Slate story published December 22, 2008 By JODY ROSEN
“…the ultimate analog record, brought to life with a dash of digital fairy dust.”

From All Things Considered on NPR June 1, 2009
“Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville was the inventor of the idea of recording sounds from the air using a membrane. So the basic idea is that covers all microphones, all sound recording devices that we have today.” PATRICK FEASTER