This is amazing stuff! I'm hoping Patrick Feaster is on-list for this discussion.

Question -- is there an algorhythm to remove the modulation noise behind the voice? It seems to be 
repeated modulation, just like if a disk were played and the groove was "listing" to one side, sort 
of a woosh-woosh-woosh. Because it's a relatively uniform modulation, I'm wondering if it can be 
"zero'd out" to improve voice audibility?

In any case, very impressive indeed! For the record collector, does this preview a time when we can 
put our scratched or poorly pressed records on a scanner, grab an image and then use software to 
"play" the groove and correct things like rough material in the groove (what I call "grit 
distortion"), overcut grooves (usually heard as fuzz distortion), bad scratches (requiring software 
to "guess and repair" the damaged groove walls) and pressed-in "pimples" (again requiring "guess and 

-- Tom Fine

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Subject: [ARSCLIST] audio from pictures

For those of you following Patrick Feaster's work on the earliest sound recordings, you might be 
interested in his recovery of the voice of Emile Berliner from a picture in a periodical.

There is a news release from Indiana University here

A summary version on our blog with an audio clip

Patrick's description of this project


Mike Casey
Director of Media Preservation Services
Media Preservation Initiative
Indiana University Bloomington