A New Release for Those Who Think Vinyl is Too Modern: The First Cylinder Recording in a Century

Before Emile Berliner introduced the flat rotating disc for his gramophone, people listened to music on the rotating cylinders invented by Thomas Edison.

Cylinders were wildly popular for a couple of decades but were plagued by a variety of problems.  First, they were extremely hard to duplicate with the technology of the era.  Second, they were extremely fragile and tended to wear out rather quickly.  And finally, they couldn’t store a lot of music; there was no B-side.

By WWI, even Edison had given up on cylinders, moving to a rotating disc similar to Berliner’s invention. Cylinders disappeared. 

Until now.

This week, a guy named Justin Martin issued the first new cylinder release in about a hundred years (or so it is claimed) when he offered up a Tiny Tim record done in this super old-school way.  Read more at The Vinyl Factory.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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