How it sounded in the past, before our new ways to record?
That's one of the purpose of the blog "Centuries of sound"
An interresting serie of mixes created with sound material from the past from 1859 to 1895 (work in progress along this year which will be continued in the future... we wait for!).
But it really doesn’t matter. The real start date for us is seventeen years earlier than that, on the 6th of April 1860, when French printer and bookseller Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville decided to add a tuning fork to his experiments with recording the acoustic properties of the human voice."
Centuries of sound's source
Here is the 1893's mix with some popular tunes of this year