I thought that sound recording began round about the start of the 20th century but then I read this on Wikipedia the other night. It’s class:
The phonautograph, patented by Léon Scott in 1857, used a vibrating diaphragm and stylus to graphically record sound waves as tracings on sheets of paper, purely for visual analysis and without any intent of playing them back. In the 2000s, these tracings were first scanned by audio engineers and digitally converted into audible sound. Phonautograms of singing and speech made by Scott in 1860 were played back as sound for the first time in 2008. Along with a tuning fork tone and unintelligible snippets recorded as early as 1857, these are the earliest known recordings of sound.
Further reading shows that clips exist from as early as 1853. So the answer to the title of this article is 1853.
We’re hitting big numbers again at the Brass Monkey LEith. £250 jackpot tonight. That’s a “wow”.
7pm – Brass Monkey Leith. Jackpot: £250. Cheat: The incredible Black Lace are in the music round. Sadly not their greatest work “Gang Bang” but still a party favourite. Check the video to the 1980s birthday party shcool disco action and hear the song.
9pm – The Safari Lounge. Jackpot £60. Cheat: The picture round this week includes the answer “Macbeth“.
Black Lace were one of the cultural motifs that defined the working class experience of the 1980s.
They are from the same bargain bucket as Findus crispy pancakes, Ford Fiestas, Bullseye with Jim Bowen on Sundays, Bruno Brookes doing the charts on Tuesdays, holidays at Butlins and stonewash jeans.
What a load of shite, a beautiful load of old shite.
Tell you what though, if you win £250 tonight at the quiz and then travel through time to 1984 (the time of the Conga), you’ll be the king of all humans.
Having £250 in those days made you GOD. Fact!
Mind you, that’s from the perspective of a 12 year old. Maybe it wasn’t that much if you were working.
This month it took me a while to get round to fixing up Aril’s best efforts. Here they are in my humble, unworthy, shitty little opinion.
If yours’ isn’t there it’s because I’m thick as mince and missed your obvious genius. Fight me.
Nice to see the dark side of town (Corstorphine) getting a shout-out. I never do quizzes out there, mainly because I never want to go there.Going to Corstorphine is how I imagine death. I’m in no hurry to experience it.
Apart from the zoo.
Mind you, the older I get, the worse I feel about the internment of animals, so even the zoo is shit. Not to mention the price, and the fact they’ve thinned out the animals for ‘welfare’, meaning that there’s only about six different animals in there now.
When I was a kid the animals crammed onto that hillside cheek-by-jowel like raisins in a fruit cake. And they had EVERYTHING. Like Noah’s Ark. It was awesome. And it was about ONE POUND to get in.
And if you couldn’t be bothered even paying a pound, you could easily climb over the fence/gate at the top of Corstorphine Hill.
Not only did this make the zoo free, it also meant that your progress through the animals was all downhill instead of the usual hike upwards.