31 March 2013
World's oldest known sound recordings discovered on horse figure stones and played back by France's Denis Argaut
Shadow of dance galloping horse, Denis Argaut, France
The rock is in the shape of a horse head and plays a galloping sound when rocked back and forth
As already described on this blog, Denis Argaut of France is a figure stone investigator who is interested in Stone Age artists' use of shadow and light. Denis Discovered a horse head figure on a rock and after studying it for many hours, observed that it made the sounds of a galloping horse when rocked back and forth in a certain position.
He has identified a total of 6 horse figures which reproduce the sounds of the galloping horse which strongly supports Argaut's observation that the stones were engineered to combine the visual image of the horse along with the sounds on what must be considered an exogram, or an external information storage device. These are the earliest known sound recordings and Denis' interpretation and playback of the sounds allow us to "listen to the Stone Age past.