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Extracting Audio From Pictures (Summary)

Some of the world’s earliest disc recordings, dating from the late 1880’s, exist today only as pictures in books or magazines. The discs themselves were lost long ago, leaving little hope that their sounds could ever be heard again.

But sound media historian Patrick Feaster has developed a method for extracting sound from these prints, bringing to life rare audio content thought lost to history. Feaster, who works for the campus Media Preservation Initiative, discovered one such print in an 1890 German periodical housed in the stacks at Indiana University Bloomington’s Wells Library. It represents the oldest gramophone-type recording available anywhere for listening today — the earliest audible ancestor of all of the world’s vintage vinyl.  By “playing” the inked spiral, we can again hear the voice of gramophone inventor Emile Berliner reciting the poem Der Handschuh by Friedrich Schiller.

Listen here: [audio http://ella.slis.indiana.edu/~jgroth/MPI/der-handschuh.mp3]

"Der Handschuh" by Friedrich Schiller

The image from which the audio of “Der Handschuh” by Friedrich Schiller was extracted.

Read the full story at https://mediapreservation.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/extracting-audio-from-pictures/

See the IU news release at http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/22508.html


2 thoughts on “Extracting Audio From Pictures (Summary)

  1. In Sitzerland we are working on similar project. Have you heard of this: http://visualaudio.project.eia-fr.ch/.

    Kind regards,
    Laurent Baumann

    Posted by Laurent Baumann | 07/02/2012, 5:02 am
  2. Highly interesting and fully logical. I wish you had upload a photo of this “sound repeating machine” as it is called in the article in a much larger resolution, as well as published the audiofile… I am wondering how it sounds. I also own a record from 1901 – 111 years old and another 4.500 records made from shellack.

    Posted by Henning Papendorf | 07/03/2012, 8:37 am

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