Archive for March, 2008


Collaborators succeeded in playing a sound recording made in 1860 – 17 years before Thomas Edison invented the phonograph. Roughly ten seconds in length, the recording is of a person singing the French folksong “Au clair de la lune, Pierrot répondit.” It was made on April 9, 1860 by Parisian inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville on his “phonautograph” – a device that scratched sound waves onto a sheet of paper blackened by the smoke of an oil lamp. Scott made the recording to analyze sounds visually, not to play them back. (Edison retains the distinction of being the first to reproduce sound in 1877.)

Scott recorded someone singing an excerpt from the French folksong “Au Clair de la Lune” on April 9, 1860, and deposited the results with the Académie des Sciences in 1861. The existence of a tuning-fork calibration trace allows us to compensate for the irregular recording speed of the hand-cranked cylinder. The sheet contains the beginning line of the second verse-“Au clair de la lune, Pierrot répondit”-and is the earliest audibly recognizable record of the human voice yet recovered.”

Granted the quality is extremely low, but there’s something cool about being able to hear someone’s voice from almost 150 years ago thanks to technology.

Sound from 1860

But wait, there’s more!

Here is a recording of the Eerie Sounds of Saturn’s Radio Emissions while this link gives you more information.

And to round this post off with some comedy, I present A One Of A Kind Recording which you may remember from one of the group talks just before Easter

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My group’s presentation was on musical extremes. We decided to take the concept in a slightly different direction and critically analysed a piece of music in a genre we loved and another from a genre we hated. We tried to give an unbiased approached but I’m sure our passions split over so in this blog post you will find links to third party sources which will hopefully provide a neutral point of view and a summary of our talk. (more…)

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Claire Leonard, Ashleigh Kilgore, Stephen Lunn, Ian Jordan

The following is also available in .pdf


The practice of claiming or implying original authorship of (or incorporating material from) someone else’s written or creative work, in whole or in part, into one’s own without adequate acknowledgement – the issue of false attribution.
Musical ‘imitation’ is when a musical gesture is repeated later in a different form, but retaining its original character. (more…)

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The D.I.Y. Generation

A Crisis or a Revolution?




Our concern is with the current musical climate. Together we feel that certain changes in the last 4 or 5 years in the music industry, and in how we access and enjoy music, are leading to a new generation of musicians, producers and consumers. No-one can doubt that music has changed a lot recently, with so much focus now on the Internet and success-stories of unsigned artists taking over the music world in record-breaking time. But how has this change come about? Will it take us in a new direction?


More importantly, will it affect how we listen to and critically analyse music in years to come? (more…)

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– A genre of music that differs from mainstream (pop, rock, dance R&B etc…) and has become an umbrella term that now encompasses a wide variety of genres:

  • Grunge, Britpop, Indie pop/ rock, Goth rock, Industrial, Glam Rock, Art Rock, Progressive rock, Acoustic pop, ‘Nu’ metal. (more…)

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Hello listeners, this Group 2’s presentation on THE VOICE in blog format.


Group 2 – John Close, Philip Crane, John D’Arcy, Shannon Doherty, Paul Elliot


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