The digital museum for endangered analogue sounds (like a 56k modem dialing the internet)

We live in a digital world where a large portion of the people walking the earth have no idea what it was like to have to disconnect from the internet because your mom needed to call her friend. Yes, the analogue world is becoming somewhat endangered.

The Museum Of Endangered Sounds, created by Brendan Chilcutt at the start of 2012 is a collection of the sounds of technologies that have now become obsolete. Visitors to the site can listen to a selection of memorabilia like the default ring on an old Nokia 3310 (still one of my favourite phones of all time), the dial-up crackle of a 56k modem, or Brian Eno’s classic 1994 composition: The six second Windows 95 Start-Up Sound.

With the rapid advancement of modern technology there are bound to be sensorial artifacts that are commonplace one day and gone the next. While we don’t have a way to capture the chemical smell of a video head cleaning cassette swabbing the grime off our once precious VCR playback heads, we can at least record the “textured rattle and hum of a VHS tape being sucked into the womb of a 1983 JVC HR-7100 VCR.”

I’m one who loves old school just as much as new exciting inventions so I really enjoyed browsing through the 15 (for now) entries on the site.

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