Listen to the first sound recording, made in 1860

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Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville was this French dude who lived in 1800s Paris, where he made a living as a printer and seller of books.

But he was interested in inventions and eventually tried his hand at a few. Scott de Martinville shrewdly realized that if a technology (photography) could be invented to record visual images -- as it was three decades before -- it stood to reason that a technology also could be developed to capture sound. 

Scott de Martinville knew that if he could scale this technology to capture all of Earth's sounds, he could rule the world.

Kidding. Rather than indulge any megalomania, the Paris printer built something called the "phonautograph," and with it he made this recording -- the first-ever sound recording, according to the video's narrator -- in 1860.

Quality-wise, it falls well short of Neil Young's standards. But it's still the first. And that's cool.

This story, "Listen to the first sound recording, made in 1860" was originally published by Fritterati.

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