I saw his presentation to the AES in New York last year. It was amazing and
reflected ongoing progress that will probably make Saturday's presentation
significant  to those of us who have seen his  earlier presentations. I wish
I could be there.

Bob Olhsson Audio Mastery, Nashville TN
Mastering, Audio for Picture, Mix Evaluation and Quality Control
Over 40 years making people sound better than they ever imagined!

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David Giovannoni this Saturday

Thomas Edison NHP News Release

Contact: Karen Sloat-Olsen
Phone: 973-736-0550 x17
Reservations:  973-736-0550 x89

Humanity's First Recordings of its Own Voice Historian David Giovannoni

WEST ORANGE, NJ - On Saturday evening, November 6, 2010, at 7:00 pm, Thomas
Edison National Historical Park welcomes historian David Giovannoni who will
give a 75-minute illustrated presentation titled “Humanity’s First
Recordings of its Own Voice.”  The program will be held at the Laboratory
Complex at 211 Main Street. Admission to the program is free.  
Seating is limited and reservations are required. Reservations can be made
by calling 973-736-0550, ext.89. 

Thomas Edison’s tinfoil phonograph of 1877 is rightly considered one of the
marvels of the nineteenth century.  But in mid-nineteenth-century France,
amateur inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville conceived of a rather
similar machine.  Between 1854 and 1860 he experimented with focusing
airborne sounds of speech and music onto paper.  His phonautograph bore a
striking resemblance to Edison’s phonograph of 20 years later.  But his
recordings, unlike Edison’s, were meant to be read by the eye, not heard by
the ear.

For a century-and-a-half his experiments lay quietly in the venerable French
archives in which he deposited them.  Then in 2007 a few audio historians
hypothesized there was a real possibility that modern technology could
develop these experimental recordings like dormant photographic plates.
Instead of exposing images, however, these would bear sounds – perhaps even
humanity’s first recordings of its own voice!

In this presentation David Giovannoni recounts how he and his colleagues
have identified dozens of these forgotten documents and coaxed several to
talk and to sing.  A principal in their discovery and recovery, Giovannoni
is the first person since Scott de Martinville to personally examine every
recording.  He’ll explain how they were made and how they are played.  
He’ll discuss Scott de Martinville experiments, his reception in established
scientific circles, and his early descent into an unmarked grave.

For more information or directions please call 973-736-0550 ext. 11 or visit
our website at  


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National Historical Park
211 Main Street
West Orange, NJ 07052