Hello Internet: Wax Cylinder Edition

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"Hello Internet: Wax Cylinder Edition"
Hello Internet special episode
Presented by
Original release date June 10, 2019 (2019-06-10)[1]
Running time Approx. 2 minutes
External links Official webpage
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"Hello Internet: Wax Cylinder Edition" or "Hello Internet Wax Cylinder Episode" is a special episode of Hello Internet, released on June 10, 2019[1] exclusively on wax phonograph cylinders.[2] The project was first announced on April 24, 2019 by Brady Haran and CGP Grey in episode 122. The presale of the first run was held on the same day. Due to the limitations of the technology, the episode has a running length of approximately two minutes, the shortest duration of any installment in the history of the podcast.

"Wax Cylinder Edition" joined "Hello Internet: The Vinyl Episode" (2016) as the second special installment of Hello Internet released exclusively on an uncommon or obsolete physical medium for the sake of novelty. As with "The Vinyl Episode", Haran conceived of the idea and undertook its execution without assistance from Grey outside of the initial recording and editing. The episode's first run, like that of its predecessor, was limited in quantity and within hours of being announced had been completely presold.

In order to play a physical copy of "Wax Cylinder Edition", the listener must have access to specialized equipment or a system capable of playing phonograph cylinders.

According to Haran, the episode consists of him and Grey each briefly discussing their favorite antique technologies.

Website synopsis[edit | edit source]

A companion video to the episode on the podcast YouTube channel. It depicts the process of live recording onto a phonograph cylinder using a horn and contains brief excerpts of the episode.

"An exclusive episode of Hello Internet on a genuine wax cylinder - the same technology used to record and play sound in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The episode is approximately 2 minutes in duration.

The cylinder is stored in a solid cardboard tube with branded HI labelling, in-keeping with the era.

You will require a special phonograph player in order to listen - but it’s also a nice curio your personal HI museum."[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Haran, Brady. "To celebrate the wax cylinders being posted (tomorrow), here's the ultimate HI pack - vinyl and wax, plus extras! :)". Twitter. Archived from the original on 15 June 2019. Retrieved 15 June 2019. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Hello Internet Wax Cylinder Episode". BradyHaranBlog.com. Brady Haran. Retrieved 25 April 2019. 

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