"From the first recordings made on tinfoil in 1877 to the last produced on celluloid in 1929, cylinders spanned a half-century of technological development in sound recording. As documents of American cultural history and musical style, cylinders serve as an audible witness to the sounds and songs through which typical audiences first encountered the recorded human voice." Read about the beginnings of recorded sound and listen to it as well:
(University of California, Santa Barbara)
Thanks STWALLSKULL for the link!