Have You Been to the Museum of Endangered Sounds?

Museum of Endangered Sounds


What would life be without sound? I cannot imagine that, having music on practically all the time, but have you ever thought about some sounds becoming endangered?

I suppose it is not something we normally put a lot of thought into, but if you stop for a while to do so, you probably could come up with at least a short list of sounds that you may not have heard since you were a child. Maybe that’s how the Museum of Endangered Sounds was conceptualized.

This is a real museum, albeit one that you can find online. The Museum of Endangered Sounds is the brain child of Brendan Chilcutt, who launched the site in January of this year. His driving goal was to preserve the sounds generated by technological equipment that may not be present in the future.

Depending on your age, you may or may not have heard some of the sounds in the museum in real life. Take a look at these images. Do you recognize them all?

Endangered Sounds Icons

Brendan is truly passionate about this project and is not in it only for the cool factor. He writes:

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?

You can’t say much to that, can you?

Brendan’s work is not done yet. He has a 10-year plan which will be culminated in the year 2015. By then, he hopes to have his data collection complete. Want to give him a hand? Or maybe you just want to show your support. Drop by the Museum of Endangered Sounds. Don’t blame me if you end up spending way too much time listening to the sounds.

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