Cool! The museum of forgotten sounds.

Museums collect and protect all kinds of physical artefacts. This online museum is different in that it looks preserve forgotten sounds.

Just as the music of the past provides a window on how the world used to work, so do once-ubiquitous sounds that have been squeezed out of existence by technology and obsolescence. These sounds tell us what the world used to be like for everyday people.

For example, if you’re of a certain age, you’ll be familiar with the squawks of a dial-up modem connecting with a host. Or the warble of a fax machine. Or the sound of a rotary dial phone made. If you’re under 25, it’s possible you’ve never heard the clack of a typewriter. And then there’s the sound of re-spooling the loose tape in a cassette using a pencil.

This is where an online museum called Conserve the Sound comes in. Here’s a sample. Damn, I just got all weirdly nostalgic…



Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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