from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A recording made with a phonautograph.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The diagram or record of speech or other sound made by a phonautograph or a gramophone.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The article includes an mp3 version of the phonautogram, which is about on par with the Mapleson cylinders for audio quality, as well as a perfectly lovely 1931 rendition by an unidentified soprano.


  • The catch here is that the recording, in the form of a phonautogram, was never intended for playback.


  • His invention, the phonautogram, enabled him to create a visual representation of his voice.

  • Scott’s work is not unknown to audio historians, but this is the first time that modern technology has been able to reproduce the sound from a phonautogram in a meaningful way.

    They All Laughed When Edison Recorded Sound


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.