Speaking of sounds in cylinders recovered from the abyss of time, they received their share of the uncanny, like every new medium, both in their wax and tinfoil storage media. We noted the cylinders in Dracula, and I’ve always wondered just how much madhouse ambient noise would make it into the speeches of Seward and Van Helsing.
What about other examples of uncanny wax cylinder recordings?
There’s H. P. Lovecraft’s “Whisperer in Darkness” (1931), which features not only a spooky recording, but an ironic and posthumanist parody of cylinder recording at its conclusion.
Here’s a contemporary, nonfiction response to Edison’s machine:
“this machine bears a paradox: it identifies a voice, fixes the deceased (or mortal) person, registers the dead and thus perpetuates his living testimony, but also achieves his automatic reproduction in abstentia: my self would live without me–horror of horrors!”