"Last month, the Historical Park posted online three never-before-heard Edison doll recordings, including the two from the Rolfses’ collection. “There are probably more out there, and we’re hoping people will now get them digitized,” Mr. Fabris said. The technology, which is known as Irene (Image, Reconstruct, Erase Noise, Etc.), was developed by the particle physicist Carl Haber and the engineer Earl Cornell at Lawrence Berkeley. Irene extracts sound from cylinder and disk records. It can also reconstruct audio from recordings so badly damaged they were deemed unplayable. “We are now hearing sounds from history that I did not expect to hear in my lifetime,” Mr. Fabris said. The Rolfses said they were not sure what to expect in August when they carefully packed their two Edison doll cylinders, still attached to their motors, and drove from their home in Hortonville, Wis., to the National Document Conservation Center in Andover, Mass. The center had recently acquired Irene technology."
Monday, May 4, 2015
Ghostly Voices From Thomas Edison’s Dolls Can Now Be Heard; New York Times, 5/4/15
Ron Cowen, New York Times; Ghostly Voices From Thomas Edison’s Dolls Can Now Be Heard: