Stiff Gins (Kaleena Briggs and Nardi Simpson) sing 'Dust', a song in two Aboriginal languages. A wax cylinder recording made on an original 1903 Edison Standard D model phonograph.
The Edison Standard D model phonograph dates from around 1908 and has a clockwork spring-powered motor. It has been fitted with a recorder head that can play back two-minute cylinders.
Vintage sound recording and reproduction equipment from the NFSA's artefacts collection.
Together, these beautiful artefacts contribute to the story of recorded sound in Australia.
Edison wax cylinder recording of Australian light baritone vocalist, Hamilton Hill, singing 'Skylark Skylark' (1903) after being digitised by NFSA experts.
Wax cylinder recording on an original 1903 Edison Standard D model phonograph of 'Cleopatra' by Urthboy.
In October 2013 The Basics (Wally De Backer, Tim Heath, Kris Schroeder) recorded an acoustic version and a wax cylinder version on an original 1903 Edison Standard D model phonograph of their
Contemporary artists make new recordings on 19th century wax cylinder technology at the NFSA.