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    The first sound recording is often credited to Thomas Edison, but in 1857, a typographer named Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville actually beat him by inventing the phonautograph, a device designed to capture sound waves on paper. It was never meant to be heard, but more than 150 years later, researchers were able to reproduce the sound and bring it back to life. It’s an amazing story - and it happened almost on accident.
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    INTRO
    0:00 - Intro Sketch
    1:25 - The 1860s Technologically
    4:40 - The Phonautograph
    6:21 - The Phonograph
    8:38 - Tuning Fork Timecodes
    9:14 - Oldest Human Voice Recording
    10:17 - Au Clair de la Lune vs The Oldest Recording
    11:16 - Audio Advancements
    15:30 - Sponsor - Nebula
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  • @svetlanakholmetskaya6282
    @svetlanakholmetskaya6282 Před 5 měsíci +2307

    I think that it's really sweet that the first thing in human history Édouard-Léon decided to record was a song. There's something touching about it, as if he was trying to capture something beautiful.

    • @Broken_robot1986
      @Broken_robot1986 Před 5 měsíci +76

      Would have been wild if he came out with the Summers hottest jam tho.

    • @HuckleberryHim
      @HuckleberryHim Před 5 měsíci +83

      Not to be a downer but it is a pretty obvious choice, recognizable, indexable, etc. The first Edison recording was also a song. Most of these "first" recordings were songs, because, again, it's an obvious choice
      Even in the visual microphone experiment from the modern day, they use a song as the example!

    • @svetlanakholmetskaya6282
      @svetlanakholmetskaya6282 Před 5 měsíci +12

      @@HuckleberryHim didn't Edison record a poem?

    • @HuckleberryHim
      @HuckleberryHim Před 5 měsíci +21

      @@svetlanakholmetskaya6282 "Mary Had a Little Lamb"? I think it counts as a song, no? Maybe not, idk

    • @svetlanakholmetskaya6282
      @svetlanakholmetskaya6282 Před 5 měsíci +15

      @@HuckleberryHim well, it kinda does, but he wasn't singing it, that was my point

  • @4nn13h7
    @4nn13h7 Před 5 měsíci +872

    Hey, his invention may not have worked in the immediate, but he’s still quite possibly the oldest human voice we’ll ever hear. Beautiful.

    • @chriskaprys
      @chriskaprys Před 5 měsíci +41

      It's like watching those AI-enhanced clips of video footage from the late 1800s. Something equally eery and beautiful, like a glimpse into an actual stargate of some kind.

    • @sonorangaming4450
      @sonorangaming4450 Před 5 měsíci +6

      What about those pottery recordings?

    • @4nn13h7
      @4nn13h7 Před 5 měsíci

      @@sonorangaming4450 I think they determined those to be a modern hoax?

    • @RandomVidsforthought
      @RandomVidsforthought Před 5 měsíci

      ​@@sonorangaming4450😂

    • @peterevans6480
      @peterevans6480 Před 5 měsíci

      timestamp for when its played?

  • @peluso4oso
    @peluso4oso Před 5 měsíci +930

    Hearing Edouard-Leon's voice gave me chills. This is a guy that's now so long gone and here is his voice. It really sounds like a recording that could have happened last week over a cheap microphone or a baby monitor. It reminds me of how some time back, some archeologists were exploring a tomb in Egypt. It was pretty unperturbed and there were beautiful pristine murals on the walls. But amongst them, on one wall, one of the frescoes had an imperfection. In a small part of the fresco they found the imprint of one of the workers' finger. His finger print. They believed that while the plaster was still fresh and the paint was drying, the worker had carelessly put too much pressure on the plaster, leaving his print behind. This was an amazing discovery maybe more valuable than all the treasure in the tomb because it gives us a reminder that these ancient tombs and monument that - for us and many before us - seem to have always existed; they weren't there once. But not only that, it also puts real humanity in it. Worker, real people like you and me built them. People who had lives, loved ones, cried and laughed, had real thoughts and emotions, that were tangible like your own family and friends, people who once had names and memories - now completely loss to time and forgotten. Millions have come before us that are gone and forgotten and feels like they never existed. One day most us will face the same faith. -- This man, whose fingerprint is in this tomb, had that same happen to him. We will never know his name, anything about his life or his family, not even whether his descendants are still alive. But his print is still there, two thousand years later and for eons to come - immortalizing a man nobody will ever know but making human as any of us. - Sometimes I wish I could feel his print and see what he saw so long ago, if not to just know his name.

    • @davidkantor7978
      @davidkantor7978 Před 5 měsíci +16

      The age of that tomb: maybe more like 4000 years. Or 4500.

    • @eriamelrrow6195
      @eriamelrrow6195 Před 5 měsíci +37

      That's beautiful. Thank you.

    • @peluso4oso
      @peluso4oso Před 5 měsíci +21

      @@davidkantor7978 I wasn't so sure about the time frame, but I think you just pointered my point.

    • @Broken_robot1986
      @Broken_robot1986 Před 5 měsíci +8

      I don't even care about the finger print guy, I do hope he was fired for being so messy on the job tho. I can't stand sloppy work.

    • @terrifiedpistachio
      @terrifiedpistachio Před 5 měsíci +23

      @@Broken_robot1986 bruh

  • @lindsayschmidt2177
    @lindsayschmidt2177 Před 5 měsíci +431

    Hearing the first recording of a human’s voice actually makes me super emotional. It’s strange to feel such a connection to someone who lived so long ago.

    • @RDani223
      @RDani223 Před 5 měsíci +37

      if you think about it we are at the beginning of the era when modern technology is available
      in about a couple of hundreds of years the internet will be full of inputs from people who died long ago and it will be a much more common occurrence

    • @Ken-fh4jc
      @Ken-fh4jc Před 3 měsíci +6

      I felt the same way. This dude had no way of knowing 160 years later millions of people all around the world would be hearing this.

  • @punchkitten874
    @punchkitten874 Před 5 měsíci +125

    8:38 Omg, using a tuning fork is a real stroke of genius when you think about it. This had never been done before, dude had to come up with some way to ensure regulation, and using a tuning fork meant ANYONE could reinterpret the sounds precisely. It got me thinking "Did we put a tuning fork-like sound on that gold record we shot into space?" The first guy to record sound had the best fidelity idea ever

    • @GlaceonStudios
      @GlaceonStudios Před 4 měsíci +10

      I think there are some sounds on there that signify that you are doing it the right amount of times--and the images on the record do include a calibration circle as well. The first note, I think, is about 250 Hz.

    • @AnastasiaCooper
      @AnastasiaCooper Před 2 měsíci +1

      this reminds me of some very old teletypewriters were adjusted using a tuning fork. I'm just fascinated of the liminal space between simple, analog things and digital data.

  • @tommytwotacos8106
    @tommytwotacos8106 Před 5 měsíci +449

    The idea that we wrenched this man's voice from the oblivion in which it rested for over a hundred years is absolutely wild. What a tribute to the power of science and imagination. It's not just inspiring, it's a harbinger of hope. It makes you think that if we can do unimaginably crazy shit like that, then maybe we do have what it takes to overcome our problems and survive past the confluence of self-made calamities with which now we find ourselves engaged.

    • @TheSkystrider
      @TheSkystrider Před 5 měsíci +8

      I agree, friend! Today we look back on the achievements of our ancestors with pride because they contributed to the amazing advancements we benefit from now. Will people in the future look back on this time period in disgust or pride for how bad or how good we did at shifting from unsustainable growth to circular economies that puts value on ecosystem resources/services? Time will tell.
      Have you seen some of the more recent Star Trek, like I think in year 2450 or so and they reflect on our time: "how did humanity ever survive and get out of their self destructive patterns"! 😅

    • @pernguin1724
      @pernguin1724 Před 5 měsíci +6

      With how dreary so many things seems to be, it's things like this which brings back that sense of wonder and joy for the enginuity that humans are capable of. To think that I can listen to audio from over 150 years ago is mind boggling.😊

    • @TheNickleChick
      @TheNickleChick Před 5 měsíci +2

      Dinosaurs went extinct, so did large bugs and a trillion other things we have no names for. Humans arent that special.
      I say this as a sci fi fan.
      We dont need to be here that long. We are animals. Smart animals, but animals.

    • @HeathOakrayzy
      @HeathOakrayzy Před 5 měsíci

      Great comment Tommy

    • @2727daqwid
      @2727daqwid Před 3 měsíci

      Pessimist here:not if we nuke ourselves into nothingness some time into the future.. Which may be the case, if you look into what is happening around the world. Cold war 2.0 but with way more powerful weapons and impossible to intercept delivery systems for those weapons.

  • @querrierenicolas6468
    @querrierenicolas6468 Před 5 měsíci +1517

    Weird trivia : in the french dub of "2001 : a space odissey", HAL sings "Au clair de la Lune" while Dave is turning it off. It's a strangely great choice done without knowing it's the first voice ever mechanically recorded, while in the original version the song is "Daisy", chosen because it was the first song performed by a computer at Bell labs in 1962...

    • @jeffreyleonard7210
      @jeffreyleonard7210 Před 5 měsíci +78

      Thanks for that bit of cultural information. It is quite a coincidence.

    • @CWhisperer1
      @CWhisperer1 Před 5 měsíci +120

      1. **Cultural Localization**: The choice of "Au clair de la Lune" in the French dub is an example of cultural localization in film. It shows how adaptations can be sensitive to the cultural and historical context of the audience, even if the original significance related to "Daisy" is lost in translation.
      2. **Emotional Resonance**: Both songs are simple and childlike, which adds an emotional layer to the act of shutting down HAL, a highly advanced AI. The juxtaposition of a machine capable of complex tasks singing a simple tune as it "dies" adds a poignant touch to the scene.
      3. **Technological Milestones**: Both songs serve as markers for technological progress in their respective fields-sound recording and computer science. Their inclusion in a film that explores the relationship between humanity and technology is a subtle but powerful thematic reinforcement.
      4. **Narrative Foreshadowing**: In both versions, the choice of song foreshadows the film's deeper exploration of the relationship between humans and technology. The songs serve as a metaphor for the innocence and potential dangers inherent in technological advancement.
      5. **Musical Motif**: Music plays a significant role throughout "2001: A Space Odyssey," from the iconic use of "Also sprach Zarathustra" to the "Blue Danube Waltz." The songs sung by HAL fit into this broader musical tapestry, each contributing to the film's complex interplay of sound and visuals.
      6. **Historical Irony**: There's a certain irony in using songs that marked historical "firsts" in technology in a scene that depicts the "end" of a technological entity. It's as if the film is coming full circle, from the dawn of technological innovation to its potential dusk.
      7. **Interdisciplinary Connections**: Both the original and the French dub versions create a bridge between the worlds of art and science. They show how technological milestones can be integrated into artistic expression to create a richer narrative experience.
      Each of these points adds another layer of complexity and interest to what is already a deeply layered and iconic film.

    • @lulumoon6942
      @lulumoon6942 Před 5 měsíci +3

      👍

    • @annahappen7036
      @annahappen7036 Před 5 měsíci +37

      ​@@CWhisperer1all this in a humble CZcams comment. Who says social media is trash? Bravo! 👏

    • @andrewkaiser7203
      @andrewkaiser7203 Před 5 měsíci +11

      @@CWhisperer1 I think "Baby Got Back" would be a better fit for the movie though. For obvious reasons.

  • @yvesbrunet7634
    @yvesbrunet7634 Před 5 měsíci +86

    @JoeScott - I'm sure someone has already pointed it out but listening to the first recording, you mentioned that there were no words but the words to the song are clearly audible and you can even make out the rolling-R of "Pierrot". This recording is amazing! Thanks for speaking about this.

    • @fernandt2
      @fernandt2 Před 5 měsíci

      Exactly.

    • @unclesaboin
      @unclesaboin Před 5 měsíci +13

      I noticed the same thing. They still rolled the R back then. My ancestors came to North America from France in the 1650s and we still roll the R in my dialect of French. I can make out the words in the recording, but I'm not sure that I could if I didn't know the song already.

    • @bacicinvatteneaca
      @bacicinvatteneaca Před 5 měsíci +3

      @@unclesaboin that's not (the one in the recording, I mean) what's generally referred to as a rolled R, it's just a different type of guttural R, like the one of Georges Brassens. The original R was like in Italian,

    • @unclesaboin
      @unclesaboin Před 5 měsíci +10

      @@bacicinvatteneaca, it sounded like a rolled R to me at first, but it's so muffled that it's hard to really tell. Now that I listen to it again after you pointed it out, I think you're correct. He does what I call gargling the R. There are some accents around where I live where they pronounce the R that way. We refer to that as "parler gras" (fat speech). Where I'm from we roll the R (pronounced with the tongue like the Italians rather than with the throat like in modern French).

    • @JSLRousseau
      @JSLRousseau Před 2 měsíci +2

      Yes, I can clearly hear "Au clair de la lune, mon ami Pierrot".
      The speed seems way too slow though, and it's much easier to hear it at 1.75x or 2x speed, where the cadence is closer to a normal song.

  • @chayadol
    @chayadol Před 5 měsíci +69

    The more I think the more I'm super happy in fact that the first human voice ever record could also be the first human singing music that ever record as well. Art really something that stay with us since the very beginning.

  • @SlideRSB
    @SlideRSB Před 5 měsíci +137

    That sine wave from the tuning fork is more akin to something called pilot tone rather than time code. Pretty remarkable how stable the reproduction is.

  • @riphopfer5816
    @riphopfer5816 Před 5 měsíci +16

    The tuning fork idea is brilliant! In fact, audio engineers have historically recorded a 1kHz ‘reference tone’ on the beginning couple of feet of a reel of tape. Its purpose is exactly the same: calibration of audio equipment, to ensure everything is running at the correct speed, etc.

    • @reaganharder1480
      @reaganharder1480 Před 3 měsíci

      reminds me a little of the rising sine tone that I used to hear a bunch at the start and end of cassette tapes. Not all of them had it, but a good number did. The thing is, those ones weren't a 1Khz tone for calibration, they seemed more like a 20-20k sweep. I still don't exactly know why they were there on consumer tapes (maybe it has something to do with some Dolby noise suppression?), but it was a kinda charming part of listening to tape.

  • @jldwolfe
    @jldwolfe Před 5 měsíci +85

    I love how he figured out that he needed to add the tuning fork.
    That alone was an amazing achievement.
    He had absolutely no way of knowing this ahead of time and never got a chance to use it, yet came up with a perfect timing device for play back.

  • @185MDE
    @185MDE Před 6 měsíci +382

    “I am going to record this and go viral on CZcams someday!” - Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville 1860

    • @sw40c
      @sw40c Před 5 měsíci +2

      😂🤣😂🤣

    • @Sgt-Gravy
      @Sgt-Gravy Před 5 měsíci +1

      Need a picture & then you can create a meme lol

    • @ohkee
      @ohkee Před 5 měsíci +1

      This ep was superb!❤🎉

    • @sahilx4954
      @sahilx4954 Před 5 měsíci +1

      damn😂😂😂

    • @edsmelly
      @edsmelly Před 5 měsíci +1

      Why is no one asking about the privacy sock? I seriously need one of those.

  • @donaldknowlton3179
    @donaldknowlton3179 Před 5 měsíci +21

    I remember a story about recording keystrokes of famous pianists even though they had no way to decode them. Each key had a needle that dipped into mercury to activate a writing pin which was recorded on a moving roll of paper. While this sounds like a player piano. It also recorded how fast and hard each key press was because the signal depended on how far the pin dipped into the mercury, thereby increasing conductivity.

  • @AaronKelley1969
    @AaronKelley1969 Před 5 měsíci +47

    The first I ever heard of laser recording was in a Tom Clancy novel some 30ish years ago speaking of how they had to develop special curtains to keep the Soviets from recording secret meetings off the vibrating glass panes. It's one of the reasons why the most secret meetings are held in windowless interior rooms now.

  • @canadianavenger
    @canadianavenger Před 5 měsíci +10

    I seem to remember hearing a story several years back, where they were able to recover audio from scratches had been made with a stylus like tool in ancient Greek pottery. So the record may actually be thousands of years older.

    • @BaharJennifer
      @BaharJennifer Před 2 měsíci

      True. I think the first one was reel to reel and made by 1972

  • @Stephan5150
    @Stephan5150 Před 4 měsíci +2

    That first sound recording is something else, you can even hear him rolling his R when he says Pierrot, just wow!

  • @totalbiscuit4758
    @totalbiscuit4758 Před 5 měsíci +10

    By a strange coincidence, 'Claire de la lune' is remarkably similar to an early music pavane written in the 16th century -- and also the first piece of music I learned when I was learning to read music in the fourth grade, in the mid 1960's. I've been playing music for nearly sixty years now, play at least a dozen instruments, and have studied French traditional music (of the Auvergne) for years -- but I never knew it was a popular (children's?) song!
    Thanks, Joe! I always learn something weird from you -- but this time it was weirder than usual!

  • @Just_Sara
    @Just_Sara Před 5 měsíci +595

    It kind of feels almost like hearing a ghost, tbh. Creepy and fantastic, almost impossible, yet this guy plus people today achieved it, together through time.

    • @joshjones6072
      @joshjones6072 Před 5 měsíci +5

      Haha I thought the same thing!

    • @WillShackleforge
      @WillShackleforge Před 5 měsíci +6

      Oh great, now next time I see a black and white movie it's going to feel like seeing ghosts on my TV.

    • @Just_Sara
      @Just_Sara Před 5 měsíci +23

      @@WillShackleforge Whenever I watch silent films, that’s actually how it feels. Probably every person, no matter how young they were then on that film has now at best died of old age.

    • @stanleybochenek1862
      @stanleybochenek1862 Před 5 měsíci

      i find it kinda funny rather than creepy but aside my broken humor it is pretty amazing after all

  • @Formosus2001
    @Formosus2001 Před 5 měsíci +9

    Your best one in a while: so well crafted, written, and paced. Hats off! Super interesting too of course.

  • @WorldWeaver
    @WorldWeaver Před 5 měsíci +6

    Listening to those recordings is really interesting because of how imperfect they are. It's like, even back then we were all still human.

  • @HawkFest
    @HawkFest Před 5 měsíci +3

    10:45 being a francophone, actually, although muffled we can clearly hear the words "au clair de la Lune", then "mon ami Pierro"... Fascinating, thank you !

  • @DruNature
    @DruNature Před 5 měsíci +4

    I am a musician, audio engineer and producer and I live for recording and listening to music, so really I have these guys to thank for so much! Eduoard-Leon Scott De Martinville is a legend and It's really incredible to learn about him!
    Holy moly that's the third video I've seen today that mentions the ability to record sound from video, insane!

  • @harmstrongg
    @harmstrongg Před 5 měsíci +4

    14:45 Fun fact, highly secure facilities (like Lockheed Skunkworks, etc) have devices mounted to exterior windows to introduce random vibrations in the glass as well as tinting to reduce/distort one-way light transmission specifically to avoid this method of attack. Some secure government facilities also pump white noise into the interior space that is inaudible to humans and has randomly variable frequencies.
    This attack vector is old, like 50s old.

    • @reaganharder1480
      @reaganharder1480 Před 3 měsíci +1

      I'm not sure the camera attack vector is 50s old, but using a laser to detect vibrations off a window is definitely old, and technologically incredibly simple.

  • @stuartlacey677
    @stuartlacey677 Před 5 měsíci +634

    Fun fact, the oldest person to ever be recorded was actually helmuth von moltke "the elder", the prussian field marshal who led the Franco prussian war and helped unite Germany, he was born in 1800 in the Holy Roman Empire, he was ironically also a very quiet person in life even tho we can still hear his voice over 200 years after his birth

    • @kooolainebulger8117
      @kooolainebulger8117 Před 5 měsíci +18

      any way to listen to it on youtube?

    • @mj.l
      @mj.l Před 5 měsíci

      @@kooolainebulger8117if you’d typed his name into the yt search function, you would’ve had an answer which would’ve taken less effort than typing that

    • @brianedwards7142
      @brianedwards7142 Před 5 měsíci

      Copy/paste his name into the search box.@@kooolainebulger8117

    • @amishrobots
      @amishrobots Před 5 měsíci +8

      that was one of my favourite techniques shown in an episode of "Burn Notice" ,, something he did once, and then never used or mentioned that technique again

    • @ModernEphemera
      @ModernEphemera Před 5 měsíci +7

      @@kooolainebulger8117Yeah I found it

  • @larrypanellajazzsaxophone8013
    @larrypanellajazzsaxophone8013 Před 5 měsíci +10

    The first reel to reel decks were much earlier than 1972. My mother worked in the late 1940's for a man named Charlie French at a studio with the first Ampex reel to reel recorder in Boston. I also had a friend who had a large tube amplified reel to reel that he got from his grandfather that was probably made in the 1950's so I'm not sure where you got your info for that. Even the Beatles recorded on an early 4 track reel to reel before 1972. Otherwise, this is an very interesting video.

    • @davidpye2002
      @davidpye2002 Před 5 měsíci +1

      Yea, reel-to-reel decks have been around since WWII. It was invented by the Germans - the AEG Magnetophon.
      From Wikipedia:
      Magnetophon was the brand or model name of the pioneering reel-to-reel tape recorder developed by engineers of the German electronics company AEG in the 1930s, based on the magnetic tape invention by Fritz Pfleumer. AEG created the world's first practical tape recorder, the K1, first demonstrated in Germany in 1935 at the Berlin Radio Show.

    • @animeloveer97
      @animeloveer97 Před 3 měsíci

      also there were wire recordings to using steel wires on a reel

  • @JohnYowan
    @JohnYowan Před 5 měsíci +4

    Just wanted to comment to say I appreciate all of the videos. I have been going through a lot of stressful stuff lately and these videos are a nice break. They're always entertaining and I get to learn so many cool new things. Thanks 🙂

  • @cynthiafisher3392
    @cynthiafisher3392 Před 5 měsíci +4

    10:05 Scott was trying to record when a fly buzzed by….

  • @catastrophicfailure2745
    @catastrophicfailure2745 Před 5 měsíci +2

    i never realized that that little song i learned at my piano lessons, my guitar classes, my middle school band practices was au clair de la lune. i've grown up with this song and never realized what it was called, or it's significance. i knew it must have been old and important since it was almost always one of the first songs i was taught whenever i picked up a new instrument (which i've done like seven times) and it's so fascinating how we can have something impact us so much and not even realize it

  • @udhessi3444
    @udhessi3444 Před 5 měsíci +4

    You can distinctly recognize the notes and rhythm (it's sung slowly) and make out the words. Vowels and voiced consonants (noticably m and n) came through, while voiceless consonnants (l, final r) are completely lost. Consistant with a low resolution recording, I'd say. Amazing 😮

    • @bacicinvatteneaca
      @bacicinvatteneaca Před 5 měsíci

      L is a voiced consonant, though. Voiceless L is the one found in Welsh and Mesoamerican languages

  • @midoriya-shonen
    @midoriya-shonen Před 5 měsíci +912

    I'm.....actually really emotional about those first recordings. It feels so delicate, so special, to hear the oldest human sound that we have access to. The fact that you have to strain your ears a little bit, to reach past the imperfect recording to hear just the faintest recognizable melodies is so precious and amazing. It feels like I'm reaching backwards in time to catch just a glimpse of this very real, very tactile world which is so similar and yet so different to our own. It's different than listening to a modern recording, which sounds so exact that it's easy to forget that it's a recording and not just a part of our natural environment. But this feels like transportation to me. Time travel. Thanks, Joe.

    • @epicm999
      @epicm999 Před 5 měsíci +65

      Oddly enough, I also feel a sense of "you're not supposed to be listening to these" with how distorted the audios are. It's insane to think that that's audio from 1860. Decades past what we were taught.

    • @IstasPumaNevada
      @IstasPumaNevada Před 5 měsíci +20

      I get that same sort of feeling.
      Also that demonstration of the computer 'singing' "Daisy Bell" in 1961. (Easy to find on CZcams, 'first computer to sing - daisy bell' )

    • @epicm999
      @epicm999 Před 5 měsíci +9

      @@IstasPumaNevada I get that exact same feeling with that song. It's like hearing someone sing for the first time ever after being taught how to sing.

    • @OriginalCreatorSama
      @OriginalCreatorSama Před 5 měsíci +26

      A physical memory of a sound. It's beautiful. A strange kind of art. Like cave paintings. The audio equivalent of "I was here". ❤

    • @NautilusGuitars
      @NautilusGuitars Před 5 měsíci +14

      Beautifully stated. You managed to eloquently describe a very enigmatic feeling I've felt on several occasions. That peek behind the curtain that we were never intended to see. It's truly something special, and pulls out some really strong yet mysterious emotions. It's such a unique experience, and there are literally only a few things on earth that can invoke those feelings.
      In a way, it's like ancient art, but if the art wasn't visible to the naked eye and took chemical analysis to reveal it, and it turns out to be a photorealistic depiction of a real persons face staring back at you. Really hauntingly beautiful stuff.

  • @brennaturton6891
    @brennaturton6891 Před 5 měsíci +4

    That was so cool. Thanks for sharing all of that information and making this video. The new tech makes me think of an episode of Fringe where they take recreate a sound recording of what happened in a particular room from the pane of glass in the window. I got shivers when I you talked about it. Excellent video, Joe :)

  • @bobbyjackson4452
    @bobbyjackson4452 Před 5 měsíci +5

    There are laser-based listening devices that can be pointed at an exterior window to hear the sound inside the room. I saw something about it on an episode of the spy show, Burn Notice. I later did some Google searches about laser listening devices & saw that they do exist. By the way, "There Will be Squiggles" is actually the name of my heavy metal Air Supply tribute band. "All Out of Love" takes on an entirely new feeling when played on distorted guitars.

  • @Laura-kl7vi
    @Laura-kl7vi Před 5 měsíci +3

    Really liked this video. I appreciate you, Joe. Love what you focus on and how you do it.

  • @ironcito1101
    @ironcito1101 Před 5 měsíci +2

    There are several sound technologies that I've seen pop up over the years, but they never seem to make it beyond demos.
    I remember that in the 90's, I bought a computer magazine (anyone remember those?) and it came with a CD. Among the stuff in that CD were recordings of what I believe was called holophonic sound. It was amazing. I recall one was the sound of someone shaking a box of matches and moving it around your head, and it actually sounded exactly like someone was doing it for real. Another was the sound as if you were getting a haircut, it gave me chills down my neck because it was so realistic. All over regular, cheap headphones.
    A few years later, I remember reading about directional ultrasound technology similar to the one mentioned at 13:35. They were building some sort of displays where people could hear the sound perfectly if they stood in front of the display and within a certain distance, but other people around it couldn't hear a thing.
    I don't know why neither of those ever took off.

    • @georgedavall9449
      @georgedavall9449 Před 4 měsíci

      Great comment!!!!!!!! I remember those mags with the CD’s, although never really played them.

  • @brandonlewis2599
    @brandonlewis2599 Před 5 měsíci +2

    Yeah I had a couple of hand-me-down reel-to-reel machines that dated to at least 10 years before 1972, just based on the construction and materials used. One was a large unit for hi-fi systems, and could do 4-track recording. The other was a portable unit that came with its own microphone.

  • @TanvirTarwani
    @TanvirTarwani Před 5 měsíci +1612

    Amazing how sound recording evolved. And how mics have become so much better, except for the ones pilots use in airplanes. They don't sound that much different from that first recording hahahahah

    • @therealzilch
      @therealzilch Před 5 měsíci +95

      Same goes for the announcements of coming stations in the streetcars here in Vienna, Austria.

    • @tortysoft
      @tortysoft Před 5 měsíci +51

      @@therealzilch Same also went for speech from the ISS, but they have fixed that now (beep).

    • @MichaelOKC
      @MichaelOKC Před 5 měsíci +31

      In both cases and similar, I have Always been convinced that it's 100% on purpose!

    • @therealzilch
      @therealzilch Před 5 měsíci +23

      @@tortysoft They haven't improved their PA systems here since 82, when I arrived. But I must say that lots of other things have improved..
      cheers from cloudy Austria, Scott

    • @Gengh13
      @Gengh13 Před 5 měsíci +30

      I'm not an expert but I'm pretty sure the one in airplanes is kept like that for simplicity in case of emergency and compatibility with all the aircraft in use.

  • @chrisklinetob7389
    @chrisklinetob7389 Před 5 měsíci +1

    This guy kills me ( in the good, laughing way). I love how he uses humor to keep listener's attention and it totally works for me! Keep it up!

  • @Iam_Dunn
    @Iam_Dunn Před 5 měsíci +1

    As a recording, mix and post audio engineer, I found this fascinating! Thank you! :)
    ❤ from 🇨🇦

  • @neasulavuori4955
    @neasulavuori4955 Před 5 měsíci +5

    I remember taking an audiovisual class in college for the first time not too long ago, i was manning the mic at this time whilst we were recording interviews in the school hallways, i was carrying a shotgun mic on a pole with my headphones on connected to it and let me tell you the first time we passed another classroom (with its door closed mind you) i was SHOCKED that just by pointing the mic vaguely at the wall i could rather well hear what they were saying on the other side
    I've been slightly scared of mics ever since lol

  • @DungeonDragon18
    @DungeonDragon18 Před 5 měsíci +3

    I remember seeing those visual microphones in spy shows about a decade ago. If TV is to be believed, the spy can listen to conversations from across the street by aiming at a window, even if the curtains are drawn.

    • @Hei1Bao4
      @Hei1Bao4 Před 5 měsíci +1

      Yup. Fairly old tech, actually. The panel of glass vibrates and is detectable with a laser.

  • @castinn
    @castinn Před 5 měsíci +2

    I believe the date of 1972 @13:23 for the first reel-to-reel tape decks is incorrect. I was living in Japan in 1958 and we bought a Teac tape deck and a Sony reel-to-reel recorder in 1960 and brought them back to the US in 1962. Smaller portable reel to reel units using approximately 5 inch reels were available in 1958.

  • @AdventurousJohn
    @AdventurousJohn Před 5 měsíci +87

    There is a possibly apocryphal story of a vase from mesopotamia (or - you know - "way back then") that LOOKS like it had a leaf make "squiggles" on it's surface as the vase spun (you know, as it picked up vibrations in the air). Audio engineers have tried to 'decode it", but it looks like there is not enough fidelity. but this may actually be the FIRST recording of sound - despite the fact that it's not recoverable.

    • @ve5cs
      @ve5cs Před 5 měsíci +6

      This is what I wanted to mention, but I thought I remembered listening to it and it being intelligible... guess not?

    • @ChicagoMel23
      @ChicagoMel23 Před 5 měsíci +4

      The Smithsonian has a few of this sort of recreated recording though

    • @paulm749
      @paulm749 Před 5 měsíci

      Yet...

    • @HossBlacksilver
      @HossBlacksilver Před 5 měsíci +1

      I know that was something that happened in an episode of the X-Files.

    • @tttm99
      @tttm99 Před 5 měsíci

      Ah... Sumerian potter's wheel... I knew my silly Beethoven joke came from something I read...
      Lacking the "tuning fork", if the cadence/frequencies over time of the wheel could be deduced maybe they'll crack the code and hear some choice Sumerian cursing and swearing about art teacher thought about the sgwiggly line. 😁

  • @honilock577
    @honilock577 Před 5 měsíci +1

    So the first recorded sound was a podcast. Great to see how far we've come since then

  • @OrgelWare
    @OrgelWare Před 5 měsíci +2

    Similar to the visual microphone I remember a friend of mine telling DECADES AGO about a device, I think the FBI or CIA was using that could listen to people speaking in a room from a far distance by pointing a laser at a window in the room where the people were talking and it could detect the vibrations in the glass from the people speaking then that was interpreted and their speach could be reproduced. So instead of using a camera to film something in the room through a window, they used a laser pointed at the glass in the window.

    • @reaganharder1480
      @reaganharder1480 Před 3 měsíci

      the laser mic concept is actually super simple. To my knowledge, literally all you need is a laser, a light sensor of some sort, and enough patience to aim the laser correctly.

  • @jencstephens5452
    @jencstephens5452 Před 5 měsíci

    Always enjoy the skits you do! They are fun and help me to remember the points the video was getting across. Thanks for all you put into your content.

  • @jeaniepemberton9535
    @jeaniepemberton9535 Před 5 měsíci

    I have watched this about 6 times now. This may be the most interesting video you have made. I love it!

  • @yetinother
    @yetinother Před 5 měsíci +1

    I really love how he says yeah Ike's and immediately after the plant starts wiggling back and forth

  • @GreenskullAI
    @GreenskullAI Před 5 měsíci +17

    Genuinely fascinating. It's funny thinking about how we edit audio today. We don't really give it much of a second thought when we can perfectly record, edit, and share so efficiently.

  • @stephenkeen6044
    @stephenkeen6044 Před 4 měsíci +1

    You missed out my favourite audio recording medium, MiniDisc. The first widespread audio format utilising lossy digital compression, 3 years before mp3. And it sounded better at similar compression ratios. There's just something awesome about the compact electro-mechanical devices, utilising rewritable magneto-optical disc technology to record a real-time compressed digitial audio signal that was remarkably close to CD quality. In 1992.

  • @Elevendyeleven
    @Elevendyeleven Před 5 měsíci +1

    I love imagining early inventors figuring out how to record sound and images. I think the look on Robert Cornelius' face in the the "first selfie" ever taken, not long before the first sounds were captured shows perfectly the curiosity and amazement of realizing these things were possible, and it really wasnt that long ago. Its because these guys imagined and were so thoroughly enthralled in making these things possible that technology took off, and these devices we are watching this video on became possible 200 years later.

  • @JonMarinello
    @JonMarinello Před 5 měsíci

    That such a cool episode! Hearing that voice from so long ago for the first time. Wow.

  • @peterdcrowley
    @peterdcrowley Před 5 měsíci

    Good video made much more amusing by when the CZcams ad spots were put in. Literally whenever you said this is what that sounds like there was an immediate ad spot 😂

  • @olmalone
    @olmalone Před 5 měsíci +1

    Young Edison peddled newspapers and in one was an early sci fi story of a room designed for eavesdropping. The ceiling was a membrane with sand sprinkled upon it. The “Chladni patterns” could be ‘read’ by the snoop hidden above. Robert Hooke and Faraday observed these vibration effects centuries ago. Neat, somewhat related stuff.

  • @andrewbabb2510
    @andrewbabb2510 Před 5 měsíci +71

    As I recall, the CIA imbedded a small prism into the panes of glass that were supplied to the Soviet Embassy in DC. From some distance away they pointed an invisible laser at the prism and - because the plate of glass vibrated whenever there was talking inside the room it was installed for - they could record conversations without being in or near the room. The visible microphone seems to just be an improvement on that idea.

    • @davidmcgill1000
      @davidmcgill1000 Před 5 měsíci +11

      And the Soviets gave the US "The Thing", an unpowered wireless listening device.

    • @Andrey_Gysev
      @Andrey_Gysev Před 5 měsíci +3

      @@davidmcgill1000 I remember Soviets in late ussr also built whole embassy as a giant listening device. A structure of a building was a resonator for sounds that was collected in a foundation by wireless devices.

    • @itoibo4208
      @itoibo4208 Před 5 měsíci +3

      the story that i read was that a passive resonator was put into a sculpture/envraving that was hung on a wall, and there was/is also the use of lasers to read audio off of windows. in the video, they step it up and focus on an object beyond the window, which is apparently designed to deter laster listening off of the window itself.

  • @SpiritmanProductions
    @SpiritmanProductions Před 5 měsíci +15

    So interesting and amazing to hear voices from so long ago. I had a crazy theory that we could perhaps cut open a stone that had been in a stone-age fire, the last time it was lit before they moved on, and measure nano-scale deviations in the crystal formations caused by ambient sound (e.g. speech) disturbing the molecules as it was cooling down. This would be linear, as the heat escaped the stone, and thus provide a soundtrack for a number of minutes. Not sure what the resolution would be, nor whether the sound waves would carry enough energy to cause detectable deviations. ;-)

  • @MichaelLloydMobile
    @MichaelLloydMobile Před 4 měsíci +2

    Joe, the contents of your videos are excellent, and your video editing is masterful.
    However, it was painful listening to some of these audio recordings!

    • @BaharJennifer
      @BaharJennifer Před 2 měsíci +2

      He’s a great content creator 😊😊
      Hi there Michael 👋

    • @MichaelLloydMobile
      @MichaelLloydMobile Před 2 měsíci +2

      @@BaharJennifer
      Hi there.
      The Personal Touch is appreciated.
      Thank you!

    • @BaharJennifer
      @BaharJennifer Před 2 měsíci +2

      @@MichaelLloydMobile your welcome. How are you today? How’s the weather like ? You look handsome

    • @BaharJennifer
      @BaharJennifer Před 2 měsíci +1

      Merry Christmas

  • @dream__soda7900
    @dream__soda7900 Před 5 měsíci +1

    There’s something so eerie about listening to these recordings.

  • @ernestitoe
    @ernestitoe Před 5 měsíci +1

    20 years or so years ago on CSI, Gil Grissom -- the leader of the team at that time -- discusses what he calls "acoustic archeology," i.e. extracting ambient sound from clay as it is being formed on the wheel. The case involved a murder in a home for special-needs people. One of the men had spun clay and used a paint brush on the outside to create grooves. Grissom used a laser to read the grooves and came up with a conversation that showed who the murderer was.

  • @SiiriCressey
    @SiiriCressey Před 5 měsíci +44

    The point in one of the Au Clair De La Lune recordings where it gets fuzzier (probably because he blew harder into the mouthpiece) gave me shivers. I have done pretty much the same thing.

  • @drrenard1277
    @drrenard1277 Před 5 měsíci

    That's why I have those speakers that you stick to walls and surfaces to turn them into speakers, and stick them to the windows and have consistent tone running to make the reflection incoherent

  • @KenFullman
    @KenFullman Před 5 měsíci +1

    There was an interesting gizmo that was available to order online. Basically it was a simple light bulb that incorporated a microphone. This light bulbs brightness would be modulated with the sound in the room. Since our eyes can't detect light changes at that speed, anyone inside the room would be completely oblivious to the flashing. Anyone outside, armed with a mobile phone and a suitable app, however would be able to evesdrop on any noise in the room (including converstion).

    • @myparceltape1169
      @myparceltape1169 Před 5 měsíci

      I have seen similar in a university demonstration of flame fronts.
      There was a physical block between the flame and the sound source but the entire lecture theatre could see the connection.

  • @masscreationbroadcasts
    @masscreationbroadcasts Před 5 měsíci +4

    7:44 Is it just me, or is he saying:
    "Mary had a little lamb, it squiggled quite at all, and everywhere that Mary went, the lamb would shoot us all" ?

    • @madameghostie
      @madameghostie Před 5 měsíci +1

      “Mary had a little lamb, its fleece was white as snow, and everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go”

    • @masscreationbroadcasts
      @masscreationbroadcasts Před 5 měsíci +2

      @@madameghostie I prefer my interpretation. Reminds me of Isabelle and Doomguy.

    • @madameghostie
      @madameghostie Před 5 měsíci +1

      @@masscreationbroadcasts LOL

  • @hickokconrad
    @hickokconrad Před 5 měsíci

    He switched to a falsetto for his scales. You can hear him struggling to belt it out on his third or fourth step up, then it becomes smooth again as he changes his register.

  • @PaulStSmith
    @PaulStSmith Před 5 měsíci

    When you talked about the camera capturing sound this scene came to mind: czcams.com/video/b_wMF0rBA6I/video.html
    From “Eagle Eye” with Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, a very young Anthony Mackie, among others.

  • @mdmn-ARCA
    @mdmn-ARCA Před 5 měsíci +233

    I went down a big rabbit hole on this a few years back, became just obsessed with the earliest sound recordings, photographs and films for a solid couple of months.
    When this recording was first revealed it would nearly always get played at 2x speed, and most people would then assume that's how it sounded. Glad to see you didn't fall into that trap.

    • @VikingTeddy
      @VikingTeddy Před 5 měsíci +11

      I wonder if there is some way for nature to record soundwaves from our enviroment, that would then be somehow "frozen" like an audio fossil?
      Probably not, but the video reminded me of the cosmological soundwaves, which is one way nature preserves a recording.

    • @calebmcnevin
      @calebmcnevin Před 5 měsíci +13

      ​@@VikingTeddyI feel like I remember something like ancient pottery that had recorded vibrations from a reed that was in contact with it, but that likely wouldn't have saved any useful information

    • @ambulocetusnatans
      @ambulocetusnatans Před 5 měsíci +19

      @@calebmcnevin Yes back in the 80s there was a hypothesis that a cetrtain vase with a spiral pattern that was created with a reed, and that maybe the sound could be heard. I turned out that it was not possible, but a ScienceFiction author wrote a short story based on the idea, and people got all "Mandela Effect" with it, so it became urban legend.

    • @cth0nic668
      @cth0nic668 Před 5 měsíci +9

      @@VikingTeddy interesting idea, have a similar idea that atoms maybe have subatomic particles that possibly keep track of a limited number of past atomic states that the particle has been in. If such a thing was true, it would in the VERY far future be entirely possible to reconstruct a limited amount of the past via digital reconstruction of atoms in past atomic states. You could directly view the past through atoms themselves. You could reconstruct people, you could do a lot theoretically, practically what you could do with it, is another matter. Too far into the future for us to really understand or even posit anything of value beyond this in my mind.

    • @tortysoft
      @tortysoft Před 5 měsíci +3

      I think Nature has done something like this in Birds. Many birds can reproduce sounds they have heard - I don't think the mechanism has been deeply investigated.

  • @krashd
    @krashd Před 5 měsíci

    Producing audio from video, as was spoken about at 14:30, is something that would likely be used on space craft someday to help spatial awareness. You would have cameras all around the exterior of the craft that translate what they see in to sound, no more silence in space - photonic audio.

  • @KarstenJohansson
    @KarstenJohansson Před 5 měsíci +6

    Very cool episode. If I wanted to find sound waves in a spun clay bowl, I would do this: Make as similar as possible clay bowl, but with as smooth an edge as possible to avoid any sound waves. Then I would record the sound of a finger-sized floating stylus (ie; actual fingers) "playing" both separately. Now you have the "default" sound, and a "perturbed" sound. Once those are obtained, digitally subtract the sound of the smooth recording from the rough one, so that the only thing left is the additional roughness of the one you hope captured ambient sound.

  • @samgray49
    @samgray49 Před 5 měsíci

    What's amazing is that music playback hasn't really changed since the phonograph. We still use styluses to read vibrations back on vynl

  • @mitchellhodgemeyer1950
    @mitchellhodgemeyer1950 Před 5 měsíci

    I love how every time you said, “It sounds like this…” an ad started playing.

  • @Rac3r4Life
    @Rac3r4Life Před 5 měsíci +1

    Actually, movie theaters using film operate in a very similar way to encode audio onto the film as the very first audio recording device. There are squiggly lines on the side of the film and it is read back by a sensor on the projector turning it back into sound. Technology Connections has a really good video explaining how it works.

    • @galaxyanimal
      @galaxyanimal Před 5 měsíci

      I remember reading that off-ths-shelf software for decoding film soundtracks was used in decoding the phonautograph.

    • @Rac3r4Life
      @Rac3r4Life Před 5 měsíci

      @@galaxyanimal oh this was before computers existed. The entire process was analog. There was a mirror that was vibrated by a diaphragm and moved a laser to expose a waveform onto the strip of film. Then the projector used a lightbulb to shine light through the waveform on the film with a sensor on the other side that turned the change in luminosity into an electrical signal which made the sound. If you watch the video I mentioned there's a really good explanation of it and it's very interesting.

    • @galaxyanimal
      @galaxyanimal Před 5 měsíci

      @@Rac3r4Life I know that. What I meant was that software for the digitalization of such soundtracks was used in the recovery of the phonautograph.

  • @DaveTexas
    @DaveTexas Před 5 měsíci +109

    Small correction - reel-to-reel 1/4" tape decks were made for home use starting in the 1950s. My dad had one before I was born (1967) and they’d been around for quite a long time before that.
    Your 1972 date might be for the first quadraphonic deck. Reel-to-reel decks for home use were monophonic at first, then stereophonic by 1957 or 1958. Quadraphonic came along in the early 1970s.

    • @zeno2712
      @zeno2712 Před 5 měsíci +19

      Yes. Reel-to-reel recorders were around a long time before 1972!

    • @squirlmy
      @squirlmy Před 5 měsíci +1

      DECK, he used the term, deck, basically the precursor to standard tape cassettes. That's what came along in the 70s.

    • @squirlmy
      @squirlmy Před 5 měsíci +5

      Reel-to-reel was the 40s, what he's referencing is what immediately preceded 8-track and "compact cassettes". As a means of mass distribution, reel-to-reel only ever had a small niche, and it's a complex one relative to other mediums the public would recognize. Most of us don't know or remember "tape decks", but it does fit next to other tape mediums.

    • @TaylerKnox
      @TaylerKnox Před 5 měsíci +1

      When in the sim we never use q instead use 1. 1950s for example. Once out of the sim you can use letters denoting which sim path your operating within.

    • @Lili-xq9sn
      @Lili-xq9sn Před 5 měsíci +5

      That's what I thought because my grandpa had one in the 1960s for sure... possibly earlier.

  • @Meep55412
    @Meep55412 Před 5 měsíci

    This was fascinating. Thank you

  • @puckhockey4733
    @puckhockey4733 Před 5 měsíci

    That last new tech you mentioned sounds like a variation on the ol' laser beam pointed at a window trick, from like the '90s or maybe even before. That was supposed to allow the operator to capture the sounds of the room as well.

  • @dogf421
    @dogf421 Před 4 měsíci

    the fact that its possible to convert subtle visual information like that into audio information is insane, but not too surprising when you think about it

  • @arcadiaberger9204
    @arcadiaberger9204 Před 5 měsíci +1

    It probably wasn't actually the loudest sound I ever heard, but it sure felt like it at the time when a fire alarm went off in the middle of the night at the barracks where I was billeted, and nobody could figure out how to turn it off.
    It felt as though I was immersed in a thick bath of warm liquid *_NOISE._*

  • @giuliani3570
    @giuliani3570 Před 5 měsíci

    LOL....Ok, that was the first intro that I have watched and laughed at and enjoyed. Bravo.

  • @msthedrick
    @msthedrick Před 5 měsíci +38

    Hi Joe,
    Offering a minor correction to this excellent work:
    Alexander Graham Bell’s cousin was named Chichester Bell (not Chinchester Bell), and their invention was named the Graphophone ( not Gramaphone)
    Source: worked for Dictaphone Corporation, which evolved from Bell’s Volta Laboratories.

  • @NigelDixon1952
    @NigelDixon1952 Před 5 měsíci +3

    The reel to reel tape recorder came in right after the wire recorder. The US and UK couldn't get it quite right. Quite literally, the recorded sound was crap. Then, during and after WW2, it was found the German radio stations could record content that sounded perfect when played back for broadcast. It was found that at the recording stage a bias frequency had been added to the audio track, which corrected any audio problems when playing the sound back. Bing Crosby was the first US entertainer to use this recording system to records his radio shows so they could be played back in all the different US time zones at the correct time in the evening in a quality as good as the original show. HiFi was born, thanks to the Germans!

    • @p0llenp0ny
      @p0llenp0ny Před 5 měsíci +1

      Thanks to the Nazis lol

  • @w.ifthis
    @w.ifthis Před 5 měsíci

    "can anyone just point a camera at my plants and here me..."
    he says at 14:41 as his plant rotates in the background 😆

  • @Ken-fh4jc
    @Ken-fh4jc Před 3 měsíci +2

    For anyone who doesn’t understand the genius idea of the tuning fork, depending how fast you play it back will change the pitch of the sound. So anyone in the future trying to listen can tell if they are playing it back correctly because the tune will be the proper music note.

  • @kruksog
    @kruksog Před 5 měsíci

    I love your channel. I only found you long after you had a nillion subs. So... For whatever it's worth, i love your vids.

  • @RedHotMessResell
    @RedHotMessResell Před 5 měsíci

    Was listening while working on the computer and you said "And it sounds like this..." and a commercial came on immediately, and I was so startled and confused at first. LOL

  • @petezero0
    @petezero0 Před 5 měsíci +120

    There is a short story by Gregory Benford from 1979 called "Time Shards" where a researcher recovers thousands-of-year-old sound from a piece of pottery thrown on a wheel and inscribed with a point as it spun. If I remember correctly they hear the potter and another person speaking.

    • @carolinecampbell1250
      @carolinecampbell1250 Před 5 měsíci +6

      Ooh, glad you mentioned this. I will look up that short story.

    • @yopassthefuckinsalt922
      @yopassthefuckinsalt922 Před 5 měsíci +10

      Well, i just read it, and it kinda made me want to cry. thanks for mentioning it :^)

    • @nik_cage
      @nik_cage Před 5 měsíci +2

      I've heard that that story wasn't actually true

    • @davidanderson2357
      @davidanderson2357 Před 5 měsíci +14

      It was later confirmed as Tony Bennett's earliest known recording.

    • @artturihautanen
      @artturihautanen Před 5 měsíci +23

      ​@@nik_cageYes: It's a work of fiction later passed on as fact. It's not true.

  • @chrisl4999
    @chrisl4999 Před 5 měsíci

    Thank you for the history lesson. Love these

  • @TiagoTiagoT
    @TiagoTiagoT Před 5 měsíci +1

    Btw, besides the camera thing, there's also an older technique that involved bouncing a laser off the glass of a window to get the sound coming from inside from very far away.

  • @smellthel
    @smellthel Před 5 měsíci +1

    Being able to hear ancient pottery would be the most insane thing I've ever heard of in my life

  • @alexiswoodberry9119
    @alexiswoodberry9119 Před 2 měsíci

    This one isn't even that old and I keep coming back to it. I think this video is so interesting

  • @Dr.K.Wette_BE
    @Dr.K.Wette_BE Před 5 měsíci

    Very interesting ! 👏
    The top genius point for me is the tune fork as synchronisation system.

  • @jarl_fontan
    @jarl_fontan Před 5 měsíci +115

    i got sick in 2019 and have sort of deteriorated slowly ever since. Your videos have been some of the most pleasant experiences I have had during this time and I am very grateful, and very proud of you for your work and dedication. Watching you and learning new things or exploring some of my interests has helped distract me from the less bearable things I am dealing with, and for that I will always be happy to see you succeed. Your videos are not only entertaining and educational, but they are very well made, and you make it look easy despite the quality proving it must be very hard work. Thank you, Joe, for being a light in the dark.

    • @maszlagma
      @maszlagma Před 5 měsíci +11

      I hope you'll find a path to recovery soon ❤

    • @annahappen7036
      @annahappen7036 Před 5 měsíci +8

      I hope the coming months bring you good health and happiness.

  • @jcmount1305
    @jcmount1305 Před 5 měsíci

    Reel to Reel was earlier than '72 my dad had one he used for language studies in the mid '60s. Reel to Reel was available late 40's early 50's.

  • @xtreemgamer129
    @xtreemgamer129 Před 5 měsíci

    13:55 and then theres the polar opposite to the visual microphone, devices that use a sound emitter and an array of microphones to essentially create 3-dimensional models of objects and spaces without any need for cameras or light at all (though some also incorperate a camera as well to then also map image textures of the subject onto the recorded model in real time)
    like for example you could explore a pitch black cave with one and build a 3d map of the shape of the cave, or aim one at the engine in your car and get a model of that.

  • @spacemanmat
    @spacemanmat Před 5 měsíci +1

    Had the thought that perhaps early seismographs have incidental recordings of people on them. Even if they don’t, these could still be considered sound recordings and may predate phonautograph

  • @chrisklinetob7389
    @chrisklinetob7389 Před 5 měsíci

    That is amazing and awesome! In 1968, l was in 5th grade. My grade school teacher described 2001 S. O. to the class.
    I was so intrigued, l talked my dad into taking me to see it. It blew both of us away and It remains my #1 favorite film of all time. No joke. 😊🎉❤

  • @kennethreffitt2051
    @kennethreffitt2051 Před 5 měsíci

    This is interesting. As a kid i always was interested in edison and tesla and it amazes me the stories of others that are almost lost. Thanks for sharing all your cool and interesting knowledge

  • @kirbymarchbarcena
    @kirbymarchbarcena Před 5 měsíci +7

    130 years from now, the patent for that privacy tube will still be under Joe Scott's name.

  • @Neil-Aspinall
    @Neil-Aspinall Před 5 měsíci

    Fasinating as usual Joseph.

  • @Blalack77
    @Blalack77 Před 5 měsíci

    I've always been interested in this sort of stuff - I remember always looking up stuff like the oldest surviving photograph, person born furthest back in history that a photograph exists of, the oldest recording, oldest video, etc. I remember just being stunned to find there was a photograph of John Quincy Adams and just staring at it. And on the same train of thought, around the time I discovered that photograph, I realized there were photographs of a lot of presidents I'd never seen before - I'd only seen paintings and thought that was all that existed. But this was the first time I heard that recording - that's the kind of thing I was looking for, creepy... And the idea of sounds being imprinted onto old clay pots and stuff - that is freaking gnarly. I'd love to see something come out of that.

  • @phoenixx5092
    @phoenixx5092 Před 5 měsíci

    at 14:39 it means that they can reconstruct the lost audio from the mars rover landing that was lost when the mics failed, by using the hd camera footage instead. Beyond that laser audio transmitters are not new, tho using them to evedrop off a potato chip is certainly creative way to use it.

  • @NextLevelCode
    @NextLevelCode Před 5 měsíci +1

    It feels almost ghostly pulling his voice back from the dead.