tinfoil.com – Cylinder of the Month
The world of early acoustic recordings is quite a marvel. One especially interesting example is inventor Frank Lambert’s experimental “talking clock”, which happens to be the earliest playable sound recording in the world. Recorded in 1878 on a lead cylinder, Lambert is heard making some indecipherable statements, followed by a period where he can be heard clearly calling out a number of hours, followed by a period of silence, and a time where he is heard speaking again, apparently in reverse.
The clever fellow had, like Edison, imagined the possible use of this new “talking machine” in the implementation of a talking clock. It is a strange and mystical experience to a hear a human voice from so distant a time.