The University of California Santa Barbara has been experiencing a rash of ripping and downloading - but unlike many universities it isn't worried because this isn't the illegal type. The Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project at UCSB has taken 6000 cylinder recordings and made them available online as individual downloads and an internet radio stream. Because of their inspired efforts, you can listen to historical figures, such as Theodore Roosevelt and Ernest Shackleton, as well as comedy routines, church choirs, arias, the Orchestra of Afghanastan, and many more important, beautiful, and eclectic recordings made between 1875 and 1929.
It is surprisingly refreshing and addictive. Give it a listen and hear for yourself.
(Hat tip: Daily Telegraph)
(Image source: UCSB Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project)