Category - Tinfoils
Unlike the other Solgas reproductions in the collection, this one is not a phonograph, but its precursor – – the Phonautograph, invented by Edward Leon Scott de Martinville in 1858. This scientific device was the first to show what sound looks like, as it inscribed delicate sound wave patterns onto a piece of lampblacked paper. These tracings were never meant to be “played back” as reproduced sound. However, 21st century technology has recently been developed to convert the original tracings into sound files. Original tracings from the 1850s and 1860s have thus been heard as sound. This device is an approximate half-size reproduction of the machine that started it all.