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Home > Our Research > Other Recordings & Good Stories

Other Recordings & Good Stories

We call them whoops. thweeps, thwips, and farts: brief snippets of audio recovered from the distant past that don't sound like much. But each has a good story behind it. Here are a few lesser-known sound recordings we at First Sounds have tinkered with—or, in one case, a "well-known" recording that does not exist at all.

The "Lost" Tracing of Lincoln's Voice

Pouillet’s Electromagnetic “Tour”

"Ki! Ki!": Franciscus Donders and the Noematachograph

The Night of the Listening Dead

Charles Anson Morey, American Phonautograph Inventor