Audio Preservation

David Giovannoni specializes in the preservation of early audio media with an emphasis on cylinder recordings. He shares his experience in this series of introductory training videos, produced by the Audio Preservation Lab at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation. Learn more about audio preservation at the Library of Congress.

An Introduction to Cylinder Recordings

Storage and Handling of Cylinder Recordings

Transferring Cylinder Recordings

Recent Developments in Cylinder Audio Preservation

A panel of experts compares cylinder transfer technologies and examines the state of the art.

Wax cylinder recordings: Preservation and discovery through digitization

Indiana University's Archives of Traditional Music is home to nearly 7,000 wax cylinders recorded in the field. At the Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative, a modern playback machine created by Nick Bergh is used to digitize these cylinders. This short video demonstrates how skilled transfer engineers at a world-class facility are employing the best technology to task. At every level it's the state of the art in cylinder preservation.