Now That's What I Call Old Music

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The date of the earliest recorded sound has been pushed back--in 1860, 28 years before Edison captured Handel on wax, a French typesetter named Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville got a snippet of "Au Clair de la Lune," and almost a century and a half later mankind tracked it down and figured out how to play it back.

What does this have to do with Chicago? Two of the people behind the Scott find are Richard Martin and Meagan Hennessey, the good folks at Archeophone Records in Champaign, a record label that specializes in finding and recording old music; Peter Margasak profiled them in 2006.

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