Listen to recordings featured on BBC Newsday.
UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive project director David Seubert was interviewed on BBC Newsday on Nov 12, 2015 discussing three recordings from the collection. The recordings can be listened to in their entirety online:
This 1909 cylinder is a medley juxtaposing the songs "Gondolier" and "Temptation Rag" and was recorded by the U.S. Everlasting Phonograph Co of Cleveland, Ohio. While we typically associate ragtime with the piano, the earliest known piano ragtime recording was not made until 1911. Earlier ragtime recordings are often banjo like this recording, or band.
A wild and wooly performance by two unknown Italian opera singers, recorded in Milan ca. 1902 for the Anglo-Italian Commerce Company, a joint venture that also recorded the first Enrico Caruso recordings. This performance showcases the raw energy in these early recording sessions.
A classic performance by early 20th century Scottish superstar, Harry Lauder, featuring his trademark bawdy humor.
- David Seubert