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Cylinder of the day
âCarnival of Veniceâ performed by Ollivotti Troubadours (Michael Banner, violin and Roy H. Butin, guitar).
October 24, 2017: Cylinder Audio Archive moves to new back-end database.
April 20, 2017: Arreola Family Collection of Mexican and Cuban Cylinders in the Lynn Andersen Collection now online.
June 12, 2016: Newly digitized cylinders will be posted on Facebook daily beginning Monday June 13.
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Did You Know?
Some instruments recorded better than others with the acoustic recording process. Typically loud instruments like brass recorded well, while softer instruments like violins didn't.