the UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive

By Jiyeon Wood|May 23, 2018|Music, Media and Film Studies|

What is the earliest audio format you can remember?

If you are saying MP3s, CDs – Okay. you are still young.

Some of you may remember cassette tapes, vinyl records, Gramophone Record and possibly 78 RPM. Has anybody seen Phonograph Cylinder, the grandfather of the recording sound?

University of California-Santa Barbara Cylinder Audio Archives released exciting news that they made their Cylinder Audio Archives publicly available.

You can stream/download more than 10,000 cylinder recordings made from the late 1800s to early 1900s.

The link below will take you to the page where you can browse by genre, instruments, subject/theme and ethnicity/nation of origin.

MOL227376 ‘Graphophone’ Gramophone with Horn and Cylinders, c.1900 by English School, (20th century); Museum of London, UK;  English, out of copyright. Image taken from Bridgeman Education.


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