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The Mechanics and Meaning of That Ol’ Dial-Up Modem Sound

Of all the noises that my children will not understand, the one that is nearest to my heart is not from a song or a television show or a jingle. It’s the sound of a modem connecting with another modem across the repurposed telephone infrastructure. It was the noise of being part of the beginning of the Internet.

I heard that sound again this week on Brendan Chillcut’s simple and wondrous site: The Museum of Endangered Sounds. It takes technological objects and lets you relive the noises they made: Tetris, the Windows 95 startup chime, that Nokia ringtone, television static. The site archives not just the intentional sounds — ringtones, etc — but the incidental ones, like the mechanical noise a VHS tape made when it entered the VCR or the way a portable CD player sounded when it skipped. If you grew up at a certain time, these sounds are like technoaural nostalgia whippets. One minute, you’re browsing the Internet in 2012, the next you’re on a bus headed up I-5 to an 8th grade football game against Castle Rock in 1995.

The noises our technologies make, as much as any music, are the soundtrack to an era.Soundscapes are not static; completely new sets of frequencies arrive, old things go. […]

When I think of 2012, I will think of the overworked fan of my laptop and the ding of getting a text message on my iPhone. I will think of the beep of the FastTrak in my car as it debits my credit card so I can pass through a toll onto the Golden Gate Bridge. I will think of Siri’s uncanny valley voice.

But to me, all of those sounds — as symbols of the era in which I’ve come up — remain secondary to the hissing and crackling of the modem handshake.

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SoundWorks Collection: The Sound of The Hunger Games by Michael Coleman

Have you been stricken by Hunger Games fever? If you’re into audio, you’ll love watching (and listening to) director Gary Ross and his sound team discuss their approach to creating the soundscapes for this highly anticipated film adaptation.

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PROMPT: you’re in jimmy the robot’s lab while he’s hard at work. you’re supposed to be helping with experiments, but you can’t quite keep from nodding off. your eyelids are heavy and you’re almost certain he’s noticed you’re falling asleep, but he seems to be forgiving and is taking great care not to wake you, instead continuing to work as quietly as he can.

ignore me; i missed making soundscapes and wanted to put one together, also apparently this is an aquabats blog now.

all sounds used are in public domain (source)

features include: robot noises, turning on a blood sample processing machine, typing, printing, chemicals bubbling, valves opening and closing, etc noises

run time: 6 minutes. loopable in case someone (me) wants to fall asleep to it. stereo.

download via the xkit extension or tumtaster. mediafire/dropbox hosting available on request.

don’t ask me what he’s doing. nine times out of ten when i have jimmy work on something it’s just for the sake of having him work on something

"Purity III"

"Shades dance as the leaves shake - A water filtered sun". 

the volume settings folder.

Purity III is a title that comes to you as part of the “Ivan Hoe and Other Tales” album.  
The white audio cassette is limited to 50 copies, available on German label Organic Industries. Out on November 9th.  

Artwork Purity III: "Death as a cutthroat," by Alfred Rethel (1816 - 1859), German painter.