Wow! Listen To Digitally Remastered Recordings From 1877

This project makes ancient recordings sound brand new.

Modern technology is breathing new life into some of the oldest pieces of recorded music. The earliest recording and playback technology was pioneered by Thomas Edison way back in 1877. Quite understandably, the fidelity of those early recordings were not exactly hi-fi.

However, sound engineer Marc Hildebrandt is out to restore these amazing artifacts of music history. Using commercially available software from Diamond Cut Productions, Hildebrant managed to generate missing bass frequencies in old Edison recordings, filter out high-frequency noise and make other adjustments. Listen to some of these incredible records and learn about the re-mastering process over at the IEEE Spectrum website here.

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