The story behind the creation of some of the earliest recordings of Spanish folk songs:

[Charles Lummis] cobbled together an in-home recording studio using his hyper-modern recording apartment. Or at least, hypermodern for the time. Lummis bought an Edison recorder, horn, and cylinder for $45 in 1904. Often the talent came to him. Musicians wanted their work recorded, so Lummis built a library of wax cylinder recordings, essentially cylindrical LPs, etching the sound waves of each song into waxy perpetuity.

Hear more in the new episode of Popcast: Folksong & Potboilers