Earliest sound recording

March 12, 2017
Earliest sound recording

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, EnglandENHS object catalog number: E-2440-20

Performed by: cornet and piano (performers unknown)
Composed by: Arthur Sullivan
Record format: Edison yellow paraffine cylinder Recording date: c. August 1888
Recorded by: Col. George Gouraud
Location: London, England
ENHS object catalog number: E-2440-3

Spoken by: Arthur Sullivan, composer
Introduction by: Col. George Gouraud
Record format: Edison yellow paraffine cylinder** Transcript of Arthur Sullivan's message to Edison upon introduction to the phonograph:
" . . . For myself, I can only say that I am astonished and somewhat terrified at the results of this evening's experiment - astonished at the wonderful power you have developed, and terrified at the thought that so much hideous and bad music may be put on record forever. But all the same, I think it is the most wonderful thing that I have ever experienced, and I congratulate you with all my heart on this wonderful discovery."

Spoken by: Thomas A. Edison
Record format: Edison yellow paraffine cylinder** Historical note: This is believed to be the earliest existing recording of Thomas Edison's voice.

Performed by: Effie Stewart - vocal ; Theo Wangemann - piano
Record format: Edison yellow paraffine cylinder
Recorded by: Theo Wangemann
Location: The Edison Laboratory, West Orange, New JerseyNPS object catalog number: EDIS 565

Performed by: Issler's Orchestra
Record format: Edison yellow paraffine cylinder
Recorded by: Walter H. Miller

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