The First Recording Of A Human Voice Is The Worst Thing I've Ever Heard

Thanks, I hate it.

Whenever technology makes a major leap ahead, there are some teething pains. We’d throw the (very large) computer out the window if we had to use dial up internet today, and the first iPhone probably falls into the ‘brick’ category now. The same thing is true of technology that we all take for granted today, like the ability to record. Last night I heard the first recording of a human voice, and boy howdy am I grateful for today’s recordings.

The recording is from April 1860, and it’s a 10 second clip of someone singing a French folk song called ‘Au Clair de la Lune’. Before we go any further, here it is:

Horrifying, right? But probably the most exciting thing that had ever happened to the guy who recorded it. He was a French guy named Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville, and he recorded the clip on to paper using a phonautograph – a very early invention that recorded sounds visually.

The bit of paper that this clip was recorded on was discovered by Parisian researchers in 2008. It looked like a bit of paper with squiggles in all honesty, but through the magic of modern technology, scientists managed to play it again.

Because people are amazing, some even managed to correct the audio a bit. Here’s what it sounds like with some sound restoration – by the end it actually just sounds like an old-timey song being sung, minus all the horror.

People are amazing, and Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville was well ahead of his time. But for reasons I can’t quite put a finger on, that original muffled audio for the first ever voice recording is going to be the soundtrack to all my nightmares for the rest of my life.

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The Best Streaming Binges For History Buffs

If you’re feeling like streaming something with a bit more history, we have you covered.

Self isolation is a really good time to catch up on all those shows you’d been meaning to watch, but we’re a couple of weeks in now, so there’s a good chance you’ve gotten through your list. If you’re feeling like streaming something with a bit more history, or are just trying to remember what life was like when people could still go outside, then we have you covered.

The Crown (Netflix)

Starting with her wedding in 1947, The Crown follows the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her early years and will end in the early 21st century. If you’ve had even a passing interest in the drama that is Harry and Meghan’s exist from Royal life, then this will be right up your alley.

The Spanish Princess (Stan)

The Spanish Princess is a sequel to the miniseries The White Queen and The White Princess. It follows a young Catherine of Aragon, who became Queen of England as the first wife of King Henry VIII. 

Vikings (Amazon Prime)

Ragnar Lothbrok is one of the best-known Norse heroes. A warrior and farmer who hopes to explore – and raid – distant shores, the series follows his (often brutal) journey.

The English Game (Netflix)

One for everybody who has been hurt by the Premier League postponing their season, or misses watching sports in general. The English Game is a six part series, all about the origins of modern soccer in England.

True History Of The Kelly Gang (Stan)

In colonial Australia, Ned Kelly discovers that he comes from a line of Irish rebels called the Sons of Sieve. After the unfair arrest of his mother, Ned Kelly recruits his gang and begins to plot revenge.

Waco (Amazon Prime)

This series is about the 1993 standoff between the FBI and the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas. In an event where nobody will ever really be able to say what happened, the series doesn’t take sides or place blame on one sole person. 

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Movies That Happen In Just 24 Hours Or Less

Sometimes you just want to watch something that gets to the point.

There are a lot of lists suggesting things to watch or do while we’re all stuck in coronavirus lockdown, but sometimes you need something to watch with a plot that doesn’t jump around to much. One where you sill know what decade you’re in if you decide not to pause the movie while you go and get snacks. We have you covered because we’re nice like that, so here are some movies that take place in 24 hours or less.

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Five teenagers spend nine hours of Saturday detention together. The Criminal, The Princess, The Brain, The Athlete, and The Basket Case spend the day realising that they’re not as different as they might have thought.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

As the title implies, Ferris Bueller manages to get off school for a day, and takes his friend Cameron and girlfriend Sloane with him. You will never be able to hear Oh Yeah by Yello without thinking of a Ferrari again. 

Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day (2008)

Set in London just before World War II, Guinevere Pettigrew has just been fired from her fourth job. After accepting a job as a nanny, she gets swept up in high society and makes fast friends with Delysia Lafosse. 

Before Sunrise (1995)

Jesse meets Céline on a train from Budapest, and they strike up a conversation. The spend the rest of the night walking and talking, and revealing more about themselves than they probably would have if they had longer than a night together. The sequels, Before Sunset and Before Midnight also stick to very short timeframes.

Dazed And Confused (1993)

The plot follows different groups of teenagers on their last day of school. The new seniors are hazing the incoming freshmen, and basically everyone is trying to get stoned, drunk, or laid. That includes the football players that signed a pledge not to, lest they they jeopardize their upcoming football season.

You’re all set to go! Chuck on Netflix, make some popcorn, and enjoy the art of the movie that happens in 24 hours.

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