Edison phonograph cylinders were the earliest commercial platform for distributing sound recordings, and from about 1896 to 1915, this is what ‘records’ looked like.
By the 1910s, though, phonograph cylinders were being sidelined by discs, which were easier to manufacture, ship and store, and had a greater capacity. As a result, it’s nearly impossible to find modern music in the cylinder format.
Here’s a rare example of electronic music on Edison cylinder:
The music is by Seattle-based ‘neue shoegazer’ band Red Martian.
The cylinder is from a limited edition cut by Benjamin Canady (aka “The Victrola Guy“).
Phonograph is a Model D 2/4 combination with an S reproducer and Cygnet horn mic’ed with an SM57
Music performed live using a Roland TR-808, Jupiter-4, Jupiter-6 and Yamaha CS-15