First Sounds was established in 2007 by David Giovannoni, Patrick Feaster, Richard Martin, and Meagan Hennessey. It made news in 2008 when it identified and played back one of humanity’s first recordings of its own voice. The recording was made in 1860 (17 years before Thomas Edison invented the phonograph!) by Parisian inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville on his phonautograph, a device that scratched airborne sound waves onto a sheet of soot-blackened paper. Although Scott made the recording to study visually, First Sounds’ collaborators undertook an intensive and successful effort to play it back.
solar automata? (via Build Your Own Automata / Mindfest ‘04)