1st Friday - December 6th at 2:30 p.m.
1878 Edison Tinfoil Recording Unveiled
During the summer of 2012, the Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) in Schenectady, NY recovered the sound from a tinfoil recording in partnership with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Save America’s Treasures. The tinfoil, which was originally recorded in June 1878, is believed to be the oldest playable American sound recording. Learn about the process of recovering the sound, as well as the story behind the voice on the tinfoil from miSci curator Chris Hunter.
Founded in 1934, miSci’s archives include an extensive GE photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s archives houses this 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. For further information visit miSci’s tinfoil page: http://websnap08.lbl.gov/Tinfoil.html