News Archive 2009-2018

Preserving the Fading Beeps of Obsolete Electronics Archives



A sound hobbyist has launched a website to preserve the sounds made by old technologies and electronics equipment. The Museum of Endangered Sounds, as the site is called, includes the “textured rattle and hum of a VHS tape being sucked into the womb of a 1983 JVC HR-7100 VCR” and “the symphonic start-up of a Windows 95 machine.”

The site creator, Brendan Chilcutt, laments “generations of children unacquainted with the chattering of angels lodged deep within the recesses of an old cathode ray tube TV.” And he worries, “when the entire world has adopted devices with sleek, silent touch interfaces, where will we turn for the sound of fingers striking QWERTY keypads?”