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. Feb 24, 2013 at 14:13
  • I'd like to record to the future. Feb 24, 2013 at 14:19
  • Me too, recording the first meeting of humans & extra terrestrial intelligence would be cool Feb 24, 2013 at 14:28
  • @Haydn, your first two suggestions are NOT contradictory. Indeed, you cannot have 1 without 2. Feb 26, 2013 at 1:08
  • @JayJennings srsly?
    – buschtoens
    May 9, 2014 at 18:06

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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. Feb 24, 2013 at 19:38
  • Me too, the would be a dream come true! Feb 25, 2013 at 7:15
  • This could be the closest you get onesquareinch.org/about I'd love to go there.
    – MaxM
    Feb 27, 2013 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 ;) Feb 24, 2013 at 19:37
  • Yeah, that may end up being an issue... haha
    – Asimov
    Feb 25, 2013 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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