Dead Records

Some clever people at Indiana University have re-created the audio of a record from 1890 solely from an image of the disc. It’s a man reading Schiller, in German. Pretty cool, no? (All the noise in the recording makes it sound as if he’s reading it on a train.)

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  1. That is cool! I particularly like the juxtaposition of period-specific technical jargon in the IU article: high-resolution scan, polar-to-rectangular-coordinates transform, WAV files, waveform image, cut, paste, sum to mono vs heliotypy, sound-pressing, bamboo stick, stout darning needle, teeth, “if both ears stopped with cotton”.


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