For anyone interested in sound and sound recordings
Indiana University researcher Patrick Feaster explains the tools and techniques used to extract early sound recordings from pictures in 19th Century journals.
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See video: http://playback.ning.com/video/patrick-feaster-discusses-pictures-o...
Extracting moving pictures from nineteenth century publications can also be done, though the process is much simpler - just needs a scanner and Windows Movie Maker. An example here from Nature 12 August 1897, recreating what is probably the first film of human flight - albeit just seven frames:
Amazing, thanks! There's more on Patrick Feaster's work, including "paleospectrophony" - his term for creating sounds from written records containing audio transcriptions, as far back as Athanasius Kircher's Musurgia Universalis published in Rome in 1650: http://www.phonozoic.net/index.html
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