The UCSB Library invites you to discover and listen to its online archive of cylinder recordings; donate to help the collection grow; and learn about how these sounds and songs create an audio history of American culture.
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.
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Cylinders are acoustic recordings—performers sang or played into a recording horn, not a microphone. Microphones were not in widespread use until 1924 with the advent of electrical recording.