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Engineer Remasters Thomas Edison’s Musical Recordings https://t.co/no8hZXz3ye

Engineer Remasters Thomas Edison’s Musical Recordings https://t.co/no8hZXz3ye

Photo: AP Photo Hit it, Maestro: Early sound recording relied on the direct mechanical force of acoustic vibrations to etch patterns in cylinders and discs. One of the best parts of working for IEEE Spectrum is the opportunity to discover intriguing tech projects that are pure labors of love, whether it’s building a 16-bit CPU out of discrete transistors or keeping a collection of vintage personal computers alive . So when I heard about Marc Hildebrant’s work on using digital techniques to restore mechanically recorded music to its full glory, I had to know more. The earliest sound-recording and playback technology was pioneered by Thomas Edison in 1877 . The system was purely mechanical: To record a performance, musicians arranged themselves around a recording horn, at the other end of which a diaphragm vibrated in accordance with the incoming sounds. A needle attached to...

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