Virtual Record Player Preserves Historic Recordings Particle physicists have found a way to allow preservationists to play fragile historic audio recordings on acetate and wax cylinders without damaging them. Photographic imaging technology is used to map the grooves on the cylinders and records. A computer program reads the data and plays the music -- without ever touching the record. Hear NPR's Renee Montagne.
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Virtual Record Player Preserves Historic Recordings

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Virtual Record Player Preserves Historic Recordings

Virtual Record Player Preserves Historic Recordings

Virtual Record Player Preserves Historic Recordings

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Particle physicists have found a way to allow preservationists to play fragile historic audio recordings on acetate and wax cylinders without damaging them. Photographic imaging technology is used to map the grooves on the cylinders and records. A computer program reads the data and plays the music — without ever touching the record. Hear NPR's Renee Montagne.