7.24.2006

Wax Cylinders

My librarian sister just turned me on to this sound archive at UCSB where, check it!, a number of wax-cylinder recordings have been digitized and hung online.

So far my favorite recording of the bunch is the pau o'hula from 1903:


Just listening this morning and appreciating the scratchy richness of the wax, thinking about the grainy goodness of my manual typewriter, and then the pleasures of an irregular kerf left behind by a handsaw.

Another fun recording is the duet "I Don't Believe You," which is from 1911 and sung by Ada Jones and Billy Murray:

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