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English: An excerpt from the song “ Au clair de la lune”, originally recorded as a phonautogram on paper. As of May 2009, this is believed to be the oldest recognizable recording of a human voice in existence. According to the remasterers, the lyrics sung are the first lines of the second stanza "Au clair de la lune, Pierrot répondit" (Under the moonlight, Pierrot replied). [1] It has also been reported that the recording contains the beginning of the song, "Au clair de la lune, mon ami Pierrot..." (Under the moonlight, my friend Pierrot...). [2]
Deutsch: Ausschnitt aus dem Lied “ Au clair de la lune”, ursprünglich als Phonautogramm auf Papier aufgezeichnet. Per 2008 gilt diese Aufzeichnung als die älteste bekannte Tonaufnahme. Die gesungenen Worte lauten: "Au clair de la lune, Pierrot répondit" (Bei des Mondes Scheine, antwortet Pierrot), oder "Au clair de la lune, mon ami Pierrot..." (Bei des Mondes Scheine, mein Freund Pierrot...).
Français : Un extrait de la chanson “ Au clair de la lune”, telle qu'enregistrée sur papier sous forme de phonautogramme. À la date de mai 2009, on le considère comme le plus ancien enregistrement d'une voix humaine reconnaissable. D'après les restaurateurs, les paroles correspondent aux premières lignes de la seconde strophe : « Au clair de la lune, Pierrot répondit ». [3] D'autres estiment qu'il s'agit plutôt du début de la chanson : « Au clair de la lune, mon ami Pierrot ». [4]
Čeština: Skladba Au clair de la lune (Za svitu luny), nahraná Édouardem-Léonen Scotem de Martinville v roce 1860, je považována za historicky nejstarší zvukovou nahrávku vůbec.
Македонски: Песната На месечевиот сјај (Au clair de la lune) снимена од Едуар Леон Скот де Мартенвил во 1860 г. Се смета за најстарата постоечка звучна снимка во историјата.
Polski: Fragment popularnej francuskiej piosenki Au clair de la lune ( pol. W świetle księżyca) zarejestrowany jako fonautogram w 1860 roku przez Édouarda-Léona Scotta de Martinville'a, który uznawany jest za najstarsze istniejące nagranie ludzkiego głosu.
Date Recording: 9 April 1860 – Restoration: March 2008

Phonoautogram reconstructed as audio via The original file is at:

Jody Rosen. " Researchers Play Tune Recorded Before Edison", New York Times, March 27, 2008. File link:
Deutsch: 1860 durch Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville mit einem Phonautographen aufgezeichnet. 2008 in Schall umgewandelt durch David Giovannoni und andere.
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English: Au clair de la lune, recorded by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville in 1860, is believed to be the oldest recording in existence.



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