“ Scott’s device had a barrel-shaped horn attached to a stylus, which etched sound waves onto sheets of paper blackened by smoke from an oil lamp. The recordings were not intended for listening; the idea of audio playback had not been conceived. Rather, Scott sought to create a paper record of human speech that could later be deciphered”
In 2008, scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory played a 10-second recording of someone singing “Au Clair de la Lune” in 1860. You can hear to the oldest known human recording here.
(Via New York Times)
Source: The New York Times