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‘Museum Of Endangered Sounds’ Collects Sounds Made By Old Technologies
By Anthea Quay, 01 Jun 2012
“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 devise 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 GameBoy when I’m gone?”
These are the questions that led US-based Brendan Chilcutt into curating the Museum of Endangered Sounds.
The online archive features sounds from old technologies, such as the ringing of old Nokia mobile phone, loading of VCRs, connecting 56K modems and operators of payphones.
It is a way “to preserve the sounds made famous by my favorite old technologies and electronics equipment,” Chilcutt wrote.
He plans to collect more data by the year 2015, and spend the next seven years developing proper markup language to reinterpret the sounds as binary compositions—to preserve them for future generations.
[via Museum of Endangered Sounds]
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