Don't know what to look for? Tired of searching and clicking on links? Let our expert curators guide your way through the repertoire on early cylinder recordings with thematic playlists. Playlists are added on an irregular basis, featuring a preselected grouping of recordings unified around a theme. All programs are available as downloadable podcasts.
- A playlist of early cylinder recordings from Mexico.
- Country music on Edison cylinders from the 1920s.
- Music from Central Europe before the World Wars.
- A group of unusual custom Blue Amberol cylinders recorded in Tahiti.
- The first installment of a two part series exploring the accordion and other free reed instruments recorded on early cylinders.
- The second installment of the incunabula series, featuring more rare recordings from the collection of John Levin.
- Rare operatic cylinders from the collection of Gordon Getty.
- A program featuring some of the rarest, earliest, and most fascinating recordings you are ever likely to encounter, curated by collector John Levin.
- 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.
- Listen to the new releases from Edison's "Advance List" of December, 1908 new releases. Curated by Patrick Feaster, Indiana University.
- 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
- German comic skits on Edison cylinders from between 1904 and 1909. Curated by Ursula Clarke and Noah Pollaczek, UC Santa Barbara.
- Transport yourself back to the turn of the 20th century with a program featuring the top stars of vaudeville—and the performers that should have been. Curated by Samuel Brylawski, UC Santa Barbara, Editor, Discography of American Historical Recordings.
- Listen to pioneering recordings by African-American performers and composers. Curated by Tim Brooks, author of Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1890–1919. (University of Illinois Press, 2004).
- 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.
- Some of the most creative early recordings had a narrative element and are now known as "audio theater." This program presents 20 of the most interesting examples from the collection. Curated by Patrick Feaster, Indiana University.
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.