Hampshire, United Kingdom: A man has recovered a recording of his dead mother’s voice, after finding a 23-year-old alarm clock she had bought him when he was young.
41-year-old Ed Morrish, who is originally from Leeds, re-discovered the item while he was doing some work in his garage and found the recording could still be played.
The recording is the only trace Ed has left of his mother Christine’s voice and it has allowed his two kids, aged 9 and 11, to hear their grandma speak for the first time.
Apparently, the family was sorting out things in the garage when they found the two-decade-old alarm clock.
In a Twitter post, Ed who works as an audio and comedy producer said the following:
“When I went to university in 1998, my mother gave me an alarm clock where you could record your own alarm, so I told her to record it.
I’ve just found it, and it still works. She died in 2006, and this is the only recording of her voice that I have.”
In the clock recording, Ed’s mother can be heard shouting, “Get up Edward”, as a way to get him out of bed.
Regarding the finding, Ed said:
“I wasn’t shocked, really; I knew what it was as soon as I dug into the box, so I was just happy it still worked.
Lovely to be reminded of her voice and I laughed of course, because it was such a ridiculous thing for her to record.”
After a clip of the clock started circling the web, its inventor, a man named Tom Lawton, even got in touch with Ed and said:
“Oh my! This is amazing Ed. This was my first invention, WakeYoo. I’m so moved to hear this and hope you are well.”
Ed said he used the clock while studying at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.
It has survived two years in central London, eight years in Harrow, and 10 years in his current home in Hampshire.
“Nothing scares you awake like your mum. I cannot imagine it lasted past moving in with my now-wife in 2004.”
“The batteries had done that weird thing where they go all salty, but I took them out, scraped the contacts clean, put in new batteries – and my kids heard my mum’s voice for the first time.”
When I went to university in 1998, my mother gave me an alarm clock where you could record your own alarm, so I told her to record it. I’ve just found it, and it still works. She died in 2006, and this is the only recording of her voice that I have. pic.twitter.com/9FSYF8q4FS
— Ed Morrish (@edmorrish) May 30, 2021
Ed’s children were reportedly “stunned’ by the recording of their late grandma’s voice, asking their father, ‘That’s what she sounded like!?”
Ed went on to say:
“It’s going by the side of my bed so when the kids want to wake me up they can get my mum to do it.”
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