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Mar 01, 2019 2019-03-01

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ONLINE MUSEUM CONSERVING THE SOUNDS OF GADGETS

Can your students recognize the sound of an 8mm film projector or the cadence of a rotary phone’s clicks? Conserve the Sound is an online museum that aims to protect the sounds of gadgets so that future generations will know what a dial telephone sounded like, for example, or an analog typewriter, 56K modem, nuclear power plant, or even a cellphone keypad. At the top of the site’s “Sound” page, timeline navigation allows users to visit every decade from the 1910s to the 2000s. Although the 1920s category contains only two objects, other displays are more plentiful and colorful. The virtual display case of the 1930s, for example, holds the sounds of a twin-engine propeller plane and a few moving and still cameras. It also features the enduring library stamp. The site also has objects from before these times, given how prominently their sounds feature in film and audio recordings that define the periods. The collection continues to grow and now includes interviews with experts in various subjects on the importance of saving these sounds. Visitors to the site can even submit their own gadgets, if they like. The German creative house Chunderksen developed and maintains the site.

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