This website preserves the sounds of obsolete devices

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I had the exact opposite reaction. There are so many analog phones there but none of them ring! It’s just a person lifting the receiver, pushing buttons, mashing the hook switch like you see in the movies and hanging up the receiver. It seems like a crime to not go the extra mile and power the phone so we get to hear the fantastic rings (which are probably the most prominent part of a phone’s identity).


This makes me think of this post of Cory’s:

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My Dad got a restored hay baler from the 1940s the year before last. As soon as he started using it, I recognized the sound as the buried alien craft from the 2005 War of the Worlds. I suspect a bunch of analog machines have found new life as sound effects in film.

I don’t know for sure if the WOTW sound designers actually used a baler for their effects, but it was close enough for that to be the immediate association for me. I suspect farmers who used that equipment back then would see the film and wonder why the alien craft sound like old farm equipment.


The Nokia ringtone is preserved then. RIP Nokia!

“A skeuomorph is a derivative object that retains ornamental design cues from structures that are inherent to the original. Examples include pottery embellished with imitation rivets reminiscent of similar pots made of metal and a software calendar that imitates the appearance of binding on a paper desk calendar.”

Vocabulary +1. Thanks BB!

I gave a ViewMaster to a friend for Christmas last year…

I had a conversation with the late sir arthur c clarke
about early electronic phone books that emitted a wobble
of tones when you pointed at a phone number

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