The first device that could record actual sounds as they passed through the air (but could not play them back—the purpose was only visual study) was the phonautograph, patented in 1857 by Parisian inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville.The earliest known recordings of the human voice are phonautograph recordings, called. Streets of Your Town was written in Sydney shortly before the recording of. “John’s bassline was actually played on a guit….