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Published on Oct 25, 2012

The oldest recording of a playable American voice and the first ever recorded musical performance have been recovered and digitised by researchers so that they can be heard again.

The recording was made in St Louis in 1878 on a sheet of tin foil on a phonograph invented by Thomas Edison.

The audio recording begins with a short cornet solo followed by the voice of a man reciting nursery rhymes.

Experts say that it is the oldest recording of a playable American voice and the first ever recorded musical performance.

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