I will suggest;

  • The big bang
  • Jesus' sermon on the mount
  • The vocal sounds of a T Rex
  • A big meteor event
  • A medieval pitched battle
  • E A Poe reading The Raven
  • Christmas day truce football match in 1914 France
  • Caesar's assasination
  • Nelson's last words
  • Neanderthals sitting around a fire
  • I realise my 1st two suggestions are a little contradictory, but at least one of them probably happened. – Haydn Payne Feb 24 '13 at 14:13
  • I'd like to record to the future. – Internet Human Feb 24 '13 at 14:19
  • Me too, recording the first meeting of humans & extra terrestrial intelligence would be cool – Haydn Payne Feb 24 '13 at 14:28
  • @Haydn, your first two suggestions are NOT contradictory. Indeed, you cannot have 1 without 2. – Jay Jennings Feb 26 '13 at 1:08
  • @JayJennings srsly? – buschtoens May 9 '14 at 18:06

Besides the obvious answer of extinct animals. My first priority would probably be to record ambiences without the presence of human civilization. No cars and traffic, no aircraft, no electrical interference from cellular and radio...just pristine nature.

  • I'm a sucker for recording ambiences, and I fully endorse this answer. – Stavrosound Feb 24 '13 at 19:38
  • Me too, the would be a dream come true! – Christian van Caine Feb 25 '13 at 7:15
  • This could be the closest you get onesquareinch.org/about I'd love to go there. – MaxM Feb 27 '13 at 19:49

bird life in New Zealand before any humans arrived.... esp the extinct Moa and Huia


Krakatoa probably!

  • If it doesn't blow the mic diaphragm first ;) – Stavrosound Feb 24 '13 at 19:37
  • Yeah, that may end up being an issue... haha – Asimov Feb 25 '13 at 6:21

definitely unspoilt nature sounds!

• Dinosaurs • The Blitz / DD landings • Hiroshima • Alcatraz when full

and as I'm quite young, I feel I missed out on Concord :(


My children growing up......I have a few bit and pieces, but I now wish I'd recored them more regularly, say once a month. Clique, but they grow up so fast and before you know it you have missed key bits of their development.


Would also be fascinating to record church organs, and baroque ensembles etc. See just how they would have sounded. Maybe our understanding of old sacred music is completely wrong!?


Civil War BAttlefield


people speaking English several centuries ago

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