Museum of Endangered Sounds

The Museum of Endangered sounds is owned and operated by Mr. Brendan Chilcutt. The museum was launched in January 2012 as a way to preserve the sounds made famous by old technologies and electronics equipments. For instance, the textured rattle hum of a VHS tape being sucked into the womb of a VCR. It is a wonderfully complex sound, subtle yet unfiltered. But, as streaming playback becomes more common it is likely that the world will have seen and heard the last of older machines. And as new products come to market, we stand to lose much more than VCR’s. These concerns led to the formation for preserving the endangered sounds.  In this virtual museum, a visitor can listen to the preserved sounds from the past and compose a unique sound in this process.

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I think it takes one back in time, when one listens to these sounds. Nostalgia is a very subjective feeling, and this museum caters to it very beautifully. With a wide range of sounds to select from, one can listen to the sounds that makes him reminisce about the past and compose his own sound from that. If someone has not experienced the era of these dominant sounds, it also provides a great experience of how that particular time was.

I think this is an interesting initiative as with the technological advancement we are missing out on the unique sounds that each object possessed. It is important to preserve them as soon, they might disappear completely.  We have experienced the same with sounds older than these, for instance the rhythm of a horse carriage or a steam engine, they have almost disappeared entirely.

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