[78-L] The Fading Sounds of Analog Technology

Kristjan Saag saag at telia.com
Sat Mar 5 17:07:41 PST 2011

Keep up the good work, Martin!
The idea of initiating a sound museum was presented by the Swedish 
Musical Academy in 1995, as part of their "Sound Manifesto", in which 
different aspects of our audio environment were targeted: everything 
from noise to silence.
One idea was to favour the establishment of positive urban soundscapes, 
the equivalent of physical parks in a city, where you could relax your 
ears. Another was to create a sound museum for endangered sounds.
Unfortunately there has been very little political interest to realize 
any of these ideas. But then again, who took the manifestos for clean 
air seriously in the 1950's?

Martin Fenton wrote: 2011-03-05 19:14:
> On 05/03/2011 01:09, Kristjan Saag wrote:
>> We ran a "lost sounds"-series on Swedish Radio's daily music news
>> programme a few years ago. Listeners requested sound (of a gramophone
>> needle hitting the inner groove or the sound of a train on old railroad
>> tracks or similar) and we played them.
>> Here are a few examples (with sounds):
>> http://sverigesradio.se/sida/gruppsida.aspx?programid=1012&grupp=8976&sida=3
>> There are many existing projects, collecting vanishing sounds. BBC World
>> Service has one, a global sound map:
>> http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/specialreports/saveoursounds/index.shtml
>> The British Library actively collects soundscapes (but general online
>> access to the audio samples is limited):
>> http://sounds.bl.uk/Browse.aspx?collection=Soundscapes&browseby=Browse+by+Sound+Archive+collection&choice=Preserved+Industry+and+Transport
> This is fascinating, Kristjan, and I'm relieved to hear I'm not the only
> one collecting such sounds. One of my current hobbies is to record
> natural sounds using a binaural setup. Such is my obsession, I now have
> two hours of edited sound collages of the sounds of Amsterdam, recorded
> when I've been working or on holiday there. I'm currently trying to
> record a series of London Underground journeys, and I've probably spent
> more time while preparing for a forthcoming journey to mainland Europe
> deciding how best to record the sound of the ferry that will take me
> there than I've spent wondering which clothes to pack and how much money
> to take!
> Martin.
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