News and Updates
November 18, 2019: Reverb Effect Podcast "Archive Magic: Uncovering Voices of the Past" features UCSB cylinders online.
November 4, 2019: Spokenweb Podcast: "Sound Recordings are Weird" interviews Project Director online.
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.
May 23, 2016: Debus family donates collection of rare recordings.
November 25, 2015: New playlist of Mexican cylinders now online.
November 9, 2015: 150 U.S. Everlasting cylinders digitized and online
October 13, 2015: Website relaunched as UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive
August 12, 2014: Bastide collection of French brown wax cylinders acquired
April 2013: Collection of US Everlasting cylinders acquired
August 2012: Collection of Lioret cylinders added to the archive
August 2011: Collection of rare Columbia Italian operatic cylinders acquired
March 2011: New thematic playlist "Squeezebox Cylinder Recordings" online now in Podcast form
December 2010: New thematic playlist "Recorded Incunabula, Part II" online
September 2010: GRAMMY Foundation funds digitization of 1,000 Cylinders
September 2010: New thematic playlist "Operatic Cylinders from the Getty Collection" online
March 2010: Library acquires Edouard Pecourt collection of French cylinders
August 2009: "Adopt a Cylinder" program preserves our recorded heritage
April 2009: CPDP awarded a $20,000 GRAMMY® Foundation grant to catalog, conserve, and digitize 500 cylinders
January 2009: New thematic playlist "Recorded Incunabula 1891-1898" online
September 2008: Major donation will allow for acquisition of rare cylinders
June 2008: 350 new cylinders added
June 2008: CPDP named one of the 50 best websites of 2008 by TIME Magazine
April 2007: New thematic playlist Popular Songs of World War I—90th Anniversary Special
March 2007: 100 new cylinders added
March 2007: Library's oldest (1894) cylinder now online
March 2007: New thematic playlist: Advance List for December 1908
September 2006: CPDP selected as September Internet Scout Report Selection
March 2006: New section on the history of the cylinder now online
January 2006: New thematic playlist Cakewalks and Rags now online
December 2005: New thematic playlist Deutsche komische Zylinder (German Comic Cylinders) now online
November 2005: New thematic playlist Early Black Artists and Composers now online
May 5, 2018. Download Free Stuff From Reddit's Favorite Websites (Lifehacker)
November 22, 2015. Universidade da Califórnia oferece-nos a música e o quotidiano de há um século (Pulblico)
November 21, 2015. Kostenloskultur: Hundert Jahre alter Jazz: Das Wachszylinder-Archiv (Spiegel Online)
November 13, 2015. 4 Weird and Wonderful Old Recordings From Wax Cylinders (Historybuff)
November 12, 2015. Voci e suoni di 120 anni fa, registrati in cilindri di cera (Linkiesta)
November 10, 2015. 10,000 historic phonograph cylinder audio recordings hit the web for free (Geek.com)
November 9, 2015. A university is digitizing thousands of wax cylinder records (Engadget)
November 9, 2015. Stream 10,000 Rad Vintage Wax Cylinder Recordings from the UCSB Library (Inverse)
November 9, 2015. Thousands of 100-year-old wax cylinder recordings available to stream (C|NET)
November 8, 2015. 10,000 wax cylinders digitized and free to download (boingboing)
November 4, 2015. An Archive of 10,000 Cylinder Recordings Readied for the Spotify Era (Hyperallergic)
March 30, 2015. "Rare Recordings In South Coast Collection Added To Library Of Congress Registry" (KCLU)
March 29, 2015. "History in Wax." (Santa Barbara News Press)
April 13, 2007. "Unlocking Nation's Musical Memories: Pre-1972 Copyright Confusion Keeps Archives Out of Reach." (Los Angeles Daily Journal)
June 2006. "Party Like It's 1899!" (The Word)
May 16, 2006. "Front Row" (BBC Radio 4)
May 13, 2006. "Online treasures for early music fans" (Toronto Star)
April 2, 2006. "The Sunday Edition" (CBC Radio One)
April 1, 2006. "Sidetrack: April 2006" (WILL, Champaign-Urbana, IL)
March 22, 2006. "Web search: It's all in the archive" (Minneapolis StarTribune)
March 20, 2006. "Archaic sounds caress modern ears" (Wired News)
February 21, 2006. Morning News program (KCLU)
February 14, 2006. "Cylinder recordings from Edison's era find new life in podcasts" (Columbia News Service)
February 13, 2006. "Rare recordings available online" (Contra Costa Times)
February 13, 2006. "Changing History" (Wall Street Journal)
Historical material heading onto the Web isn't all documents and images, either. Last November, 5,000 digitized wax-cylinder recordings dating back to 1895 were posted online by the Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Among the recordings: Tin Pan Alley music, vaudeville performances and advertisements from that time.Seldom Heard
Rick Altman, a professor of cinema and comparative literature at the University of Iowa, says that the digitized cylinders have been a blessing for his research work. He recently downloaded routines by Russell Hunting, a comedian around the turn of the 20th century whose recordings, until now, were nearly inaccessible. Mr. Altman has written extensively about silent-movie-era performers who specialized in making sounds to match the action on the screen -- from chirping birds to foreign accents -- and says that many of these performers modeled their styles after Mr. Hunting's.
"I had to write about this without ever having heard him," Mr. Altman says. "Now I'll have a better sense of what people were looking for."
February 12, 2006. "UCSB puts historic recordings on Web" (Santa Barbara News Press)
January 6, 2006. "Party Like it's 1899" (Associated Press ASAP feature, also at Austin American-Statesman (Austin360.com), InsideNova.com, Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg Times, Waco Tribune-Herald, Houston Chronicle, Longview (TX) News-Journal, Greenville (NC) Daily Reflector, Grand Junction Daily Sentinal, Rocky Mount (NC) Telegram, Lufkin (TX) Daily News, Elizabeth City (NC) Daily Advance, Marshall (TX) News Messenger, Atlanta Journal-Constitution et. al)
January/February 2006. "Family Historians are accustomed to silent searching through history, but wouldn't it be nice if history actually said something to us?" (Ancestry Magazine)
December 23, 2005. "Edison Amberol" (Sycamore Review)
December 14, 2005. "Whistle a happy tune" (USA Today's Tech_Space blog)
December 7, 2005. Genealogy Today: Podcasts bring genealogy to your home computer or iPod (Clark County, Washington, Columbian)
November 23, 2005. "What Did Our Ancestors Listen To?" (Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter)
November 18, 2005. "University of California, Santa Barbara Digitizes Over 5,000 Cylinders" (Center for the Internet and Society Levine Blog)
November 17, 2005. "Wax Cylinder Collection" (CBC's "As It Happens")
November 16, 2005. "Old cylinder recordings (1890-1920) archive now online..." (Discussion on I Love Music)
November 16, 2005. "Treasure Trove" (The Anachronist blog)
"The UCSB site is astonishing: an expertly designed, easily searchable trove of beautiful, weird, wonderful records, many of them extremely rare...I can't help but suspect that we're watching a turning of the scholarly tide; I think we'll see a lot more work on The Other Roots Music in the coming years."