OK, this is an odd posting! See this blog entry about Edison cylinder music, vax cylinders, that is available as free downloads. This is from the Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project over at UCLA, Santa Barbara. They are also in the public domain, so you could use them as samples for your next steam punk techno track, or something similar.
This music goes back to 1890 (1890-1929), so it’s really cool to take a time trip back that far into the world of audio.
I’m going to download a couple of WAV files of these — would be interesting to see how those would play out during a DJ gig!
Let me know if you also know of similar really odd public domain sites with music that is copyright-free.