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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Physicist Carl Haber Brings Sounds From the Past Back to Life

Posted By on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Carl Haber salvages the shape of sounds. - COURTESY OF THE JOHN D. & CATHERINE T. MACARTHUR FOUNDATION
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  • Carl Haber salvages the shape of sounds.

From the latest SF Weekly:

Carl Haber: Carl Haber was recently awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant for a breakthrough technology known as the IRENE Project, which non-invasively "reads" fragile old audio recordings and converts them into crystal-clear digital files. But at 8 a.m., he's slumped in a chair, catching up on e-mails on his phone and catching his breath after spending two hours getting his son from the East Bay to school in Glen Park, thanks to the BART strike. Haber oozes humility, a surprising trait for a scientist who has just been publicly named a genius and awarded $625,000 for the honor. What earned Haber and his team the award is a technique for capturing high resolution images of the surfaces of sound recordings that are too old and fragile to be played, such as wax cylinders or shellac. [continue reading]

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