The Museum of Endangered Sounds Preserves Sounds of Obsolete Tech Devices
We are sure that young generation is quite unfamiliar with the sounds of some old devices which either have been obsolete or modified to an improved form….just like the persuasive beeps of the Tamagotchi Or the sound of a telephone rotary dial or even the sound of floppy drive in work. Many thanks the Museum of Endangered Sounds that has preserved a number of sounds of obsolete tech devices for new generation and even for the old ones to memories their golden days.
Brendan Chilcutt is the talented guy behind the creation of this online “museum” in early 2012 to preserve the sounds of his favorite old devices, such as the “textured rattle and hum of a VHS tape being sucked into the womb of a 1983 JVC HR-7100 VCR” . With the introduction of new brands and new devices in the market, these nostalgia-inducing noises become obsolete just like the devices those generate them.
The Musuem of Endangered Sounds though presents a limited collection of tech noises at present, including the white noise of a cathode ray tube TV, the old Nokia ringtone immortalised by Trigger Happy TV and the strained buzzing of a floppy disc drive.
Chilcutt has a”10 year plan” to complete the sound collection of tech devices by 2015 and then further 07 years developing the “proper markup language to reinterpret the sounds as a binary composition”.
“Imagine a world where we never again hear the symphonic startup of a Windows 95 machine. Imagine generations of children unacquainted with the chattering of angels lodged deep within the recesses of an old cathode ray tube TV. And when the entire world has adopted devices with sleek, silent touch interfaces, where will we turn for the sound of fingers striking qwerty keypads? Tell me that. And tell me: who will play my Game Boy when I’m gone?”
When I tried to visit this distinguished online Museum of Endangered Sounds, the site was down probably due to massive traffic keenly interested to listen the sounds of old devices. I am continuously trying to visit the site and as it comes back, I will listen the noises which have been missed by me in the running river of time.
- Museum of Obsolete Sounds