Smithsonian Researchers Play Alexander Graham Bell’s “Unplayable” Records

Alexander_Graham_BellAlexander Graham Bell is one of America’s most important scientists and inventors. Moved by the experiences of his mother and wife (both deaf), Bell heavily investigated the realm of sound and recording. He made several early recordings that, until now, were unplayable. Researchers at the Smithsonian have finally mastered the technology necessary to play these “unplayable records.”

Check out their research and listen to Bell’s actual voice in the article here.

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My name is Jennifer Carey and I am a student and educator of the human condition. I have long studied history, trained in archaeology, and found a passion in the field of education. As a long-time lover of technology (my father bought our family our first Apple IIe when I was three), I love technology and what it can bring to the classroom. I have taught at various Universities for many years as well as educating gifted teenagers through the Johns Hopkins program, the Center for Talented Youth. I am currently the Director of Educational Technology at the Ransom Everglades School (a secular independent school) in Miami, Fl. I also have a few educational podcasts on iTunes from my days teaching at TCU: The Ancient City of Rome, Classical Archaeology (2008), Classical Archaeology (2009), Introduction to Classical Myth, and Ancient Eats. They’re enhanced (so you get the PowerPoints along with the vocal), but please excuse the poor audio editing. Feel free to Email Me or follow me on twitter.
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3 Responses to Smithsonian Researchers Play Alexander Graham Bell’s “Unplayable” Records

  1. Fascinating story. Your link to the Smithsonian page, by the way, appears to have the phrase mailto: at the beginning of it, so clicking it opens a new email. The email that opens then has an html link in the body, but some folk might be confused (I was confused myself, but I’m not very smart).

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