Subscribers to the Disquiet.com email newsletter next month will have a chance to win a copy of the two-CD set Au Clair de la Lune, courtesy of the label Infrequency. The album collects nine sound-art transformations of what’s been described as the earliest known recording of the human voice. The source material is the April 9, 1860, recording made by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville. More information on the de Martinville discovery, including the raw audio, at firstsounds.org, and at disquiet.com and nytimes.com.
The international figures involved in the remix project are as follows: CD1 features Steve Roden, Lionel Marchetti & Yôko Higashi, Sleep Research Facility, Lance Olsen, Stephen Vitiello & Molly Berg, and Christophe Charles. CD2 features Jamie Drouin, Bernhard Gunter, and Yann Novak. More information, including streaming samples of the Roden and the Marchetti/Higashi, at infrequency.org.
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Special thanks to Infrequency for providing this prize.