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Since when did man begin recording, saving, and reproducing the world's sounds?

Nowadays, in the mass communication era, hearing sounds appears to be a natural action that we take for granted. Actually, we didn't learn the art of sound recording and reproduction until one hundred and fifty years ago. But from Edison's phonograph to the invention of the MP3 player, innovations came one after the other, with their own experiments, evolutions, and improvements.

In this section you can find an excursus of the sound carriers' history; a presentation of the numerous audiovisual carriers and the equipment for recording and reproducing sounds; and eventually the principles of copying and restoration of the technology and computer department of the Phonotheque.

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