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June 11, 2012

Museum of Endangered Sounds

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Created by Brendan Chillcutt who wrote:


I launched the site in January of 2012 as a way to preserve the sounds made famous by my favorite old technologies and electronics equipment. For instance, the textured rattle and hum of a VHS tape being sucked into the womb of a 1983 JVC HR-7100 VCR. As you probably know, it's a wonderfully complex sound, subtle yet unfiltered. But, as streaming playback becomes more common in the US, and as people in developing nations like Canada and the UK get brought up to DVD players, it's likely that the world will have seen and heard the last of older machines like the HR-7100. And as new products come to market, we stand to lose much more than VCRs.

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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 GameBoy when I'm gone?

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These questions and more led me to the undertaking that is The Museum Of Endangered Sounds.

My 10-year plan is to complete the data collection phase by the year 2015, and spend the next seven years developing the proper markup language to reinterpret the sounds as a binary composition.

If you don't understand my passion and the significance of my work now, you probably never will. But if you do, then you've come to the right place.

And please, please email me if you enjoy the museum or have any questions! I love to hear from people and need to know what gadget sounds I am missing.

Thank you!


[via reader Jean Roberts who added, "Small site with great potential." Concur.]

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hey Becs - hear (pun) you go ...


Posted by: sherlock | Jun 12, 2012 9:43:23 PM

I loved the sound the old heavy-duty rotary dial phones made...tchik tchik tchik.

Posted by: Becs | Jun 11, 2012 5:09:35 PM

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