Monday, 1 October 2007


I came across this on my travels today. It's the earliest known recorded music in existence and it's bloody incredible.

It's "a chorus of 4000 voices recorded with phonograph over 100 yards away," made by Edison's foreign sales rep at the Crystal Palace on June 29th, 1888.

1 comment:

steve said...

Utterly terrifying. The 'beat' that gets louder and louder and eventually swallows the music whole into a dead reverb will trouble my sleep for days I suspect. Cheers, though.

Icidentally, I wrote a piece of music called 'This in't now' with a friend (now dead alas). It was a rudimentary affair built around an E-chord/B minor riff - lots of reverb slow and bass heavy. Me and said producer/friend took a DVD recorder to the top of a hill near where we lived to tape some bird song to go on one of the tracks. 5I know, unoriginal and pretentious!), but what was interesting was that there was a child's shout that happened to fall just as the music came in. It was stange. Alas, the recording got burned onto a CD master that got laeft out in the sun and faded away. The master tapes got sold along with the dead guy's effects. So, at least the title was apprporiate. Like the site.