museum of endangered sounds museum of endangered sounds
may 30, 2012

museum of endangered sounds

the online ‘museum of endangered sounds’ preserves the endangered and extinct sounds of archaic technology

created by american brendan chilcutt, the ‘museum of endangered sounds‘ is an online archive of the archaic noises of technology: the connecting of 56k modems, loading of VCRs, and operators of payphones. additional clips include a skipping CD and the gameplay music of ‘mind maze’ (the quiz game built into early versions of microsoft encarta).

currently the ‘museum of endangered sounds’ features fifteen ‘exhibits’, but chilcutt plans to add more. eventually he intends to develop a markup language to encode the sounds as binary compositions, preserving them for future generations.

chilcutt muses, ‘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?’

screenshot from the museum website

via thenextweb

  • it is my new favorite site in the world. THANK YOU! PLEASE ADD MORE SOUNDS!

    ponei says:
  • theme music from zelda ocarina of time

    mark says:
  • Shame they can\’t maintain a functional website

    Adam says:
  • Thanks so much for the feature, designboom! Never anticipated this sort of interest so soon, but I’m extremely flattered and appreciative. Working hard to get the site back up and built out. Thank you again.

    Brendan says:
  • The site is back up! Freaking amazing! http://savethesounds.info/

    Margot says:

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