The following video is a demonstration of a homemade Edison tinfoil phonograph made by Andrew R. McNeese, Jason D. Sagers, Richard D. Lenhart, and Preston S. Wilson at the University of Texas at Austin.
Learn about the history of the phonograph and download mechanical drawings to build your own tinfoil phonograph.
A short article about the Scanning Laser Doppler Vibrometer (SLDV) measurements made on the phonograph was published in Polytec’s InFocus magazine. Click here to view pdf (article is on pages 24-25).
Read our 2011 ASA lay language paper
Available from the ASA newsroom.
(a) Facsimile of embossed foil recording from Edison as shown in the Scientific American (Dec. 1877)
and (b) photograph of embossed foil recording produced on the replica phonograph (2011).