Preserving Endangered Sounds

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Where do sounds go when they die? The Museum of Endangered Sounds has archived sounds that will soon die: sounds like modems connecting, Tetris, Windows 95 startup chime, Nokia ringtone and more. John Hockenberry reflects on sounds lost and found in this audio essay.

Produced by:

Leo Duran, Vince Fairchild and Arwa Gunja


John Hockenberry

Comments [6]

neryflan from usa

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Sep. 13 2012 01:49 PM
Sandra Mamis

the simple 'tic toc' of a clock

Jun. 07 2012 08:17 AM
Tony from Chicago

"This ends our broadcast day," heard on television before the playing of the National Anthem during sign off.
Numerous teletype machines churning out copy in a newsroom.
The hum of tires as a car drives down a brick street. So many have now been paved over.
Coffee being brewed in an electric perculator.

Jun. 06 2012 07:02 PM

The click and vibration tones from 1960s Zenith TV remote controls.

Jun. 06 2012 09:58 AM

Swish and clicks made by a rotary phone dial. Telephone handset busy signal. Off-air "snow" sound from an analog TV channel. Sound of a giant web press. Original Nokia mobile ringtone. The metallic distortion that accompanies the NOAA weather announcer during a hurricane. Death ray sounds from 1950s sci-fi movies. Emergency Broadcast System test squawk. Don Johnson's Sonny Crockett saying "pal". The "proton pack" warm-up sound made by early 90s laser printers. Medley of verbal warnings given by fathers to kids horseplaying in the back seat. The sound of air rushing through those front-quarter vent windows on old cars.

The "tong-tong" sound from the final Law & Order episode.

Jun. 06 2012 09:53 AM
Don Haywood from Fort Collins, CO

Concerning archived sounds -
How about the sound of the old rotary channel selector being turned on TVs?

Jun. 06 2012 08:26 AM

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