Ben Franklin was the quintessential Renaissance man—he was a statesman, wordsmith, inventor…and sonic pioneer. This Fourth of July, Ira explores Franklin’s experiments with sound, from inventing the first American musical instrument (the glass armonica) to testing the reach of the human voice.
Listen to a glass armonica in action:
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