Israel in Egypt

  • Artist: G.F. Handel
  • Year: June 29, 1888
  • Engineer: Col. George Gouraud
  • Studio: on location: The Crystal Palace, London


First Recorded Reverb?
Not likely. But it might be the oldest surviving example of recorded reverberation. Among the first recordings ever, this might be the oldest surviving music recording, and it’s got the reverberant signature of the glass and iron architecture of the Crystal Palace. ”A chorus of 4000 voices recorded with phonograph over 100 yards away” – according to a note with this yellow paraffin cylinder.
[thanks, Thomas Edison National Historical Park.]


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Israel in Egypt Wax Cylinder