As reported in the New York Times, audio specialists have found a way to play back a recording that predates Edison's first cylinder recording by more than 20 years! "Scott’s device had a barrel-shaped horn attached to a stylus, which etched sound waves onto sheets of paper blackened by smoke from an oil lamp." The inventor was Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, "a Parisian typesetter and tinkerer who went to his grave convinced that credit for his breakthroughs had been improperly bestowed on Edison." A clip of the recording from 1860 is available with the article, it kinda sounds like what happens when a big fuzz ball gets caught on the end of a phono needle. How long before Jay-Z samples it?