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on early cylinder recordings with cylinder radio. Streams are
added on an irregular basis, featuring a preselected grouping of recordings unified
around a theme. All programs are available as podcasts and programs from 2005-2010 are available as m3u audio streams.
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- The first installment of a two part series exploring the accordion and other free reed instruments recorded on early cylinders. (February 2010)
- The second installment of the incunabula series, featuring more rare recordings from the collection of John Levin. (December 2010)
- Rare operatic cylinders from the collection of Gordon Getty. (September 2010)
- A program featuring some of the rarest, earliest, and most fascinating recordings you are ever likely to encounter, curated by collector John Levin. (January 2009)
- In commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the United States entry into World War I, listen to a selection of songs from the Great War. (April 2007)
- Listen to the new releases from Edison's "Advance List" of December, 1908 new releases. Curated
by Patrick Feaster, Indiana University. (January 2007)
- The syncopated rhythms of cakewalks and rags presented here have
had a lasting impact on American popular music. Curated by David
Seubert, UC Santa Barbara (January 2006)
- German comic skits on Edison cylinders from between 1904-1909. Curated
by Ursula Clarke and Noah Pollaczek, UC Santa Barbara (December
- Transport yourself back to the turn of the 20th century with a program
featuring the top stars of vaudeville and the ones that should have
been. Curated by Samuel Brylawski, UC Santa Barbara, Editor, Encyclopedic
Discography of Victor Recordings. (December 2005)
- Listen to operatic arias recorded on some of the rarest cylinders
made, including Edison B series and French and German operatic cylinders.
Curated by David Seubert, UC Santa Barbara. (November 2005)
- Some of the most creative early recordings had a narrative element
and are now known as "audio theater." This program presents
twenty of the most interesting examples from the collection. Curated
by Patrick Feaster, Indiana University. (November 2005)
Early historical speeches and recordings by Theodore Roosevelt, William
Jennings Bryan, Ernest Shackleton, Sarah Bernhardt, William Howard
Taft and others. Curated by David Seubert, UC Santa Barbara. (November
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|Most early cylinders had a spoken announcement at the beginning with the name of the piece, performer and company. The practice ended around 1909.
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