Obsolete Sounds is described as the "world's biggest collection of disappearing sounds and sounds that have become extinct." This new project from Cities & Memory, a global sound remix community, houses over 150 audio clips that have been "remixed and reimagined to create a brand new form of listening."
Listen to a range of soundscapes, from the gentle ticking of a pocket watch set to soothing music, to a dramatic interpretation of an old elevator's clanging noises. Or simply listen to the sounds on their own. With sounds sourced from over 1,000 artists, Obsolete Sounds hopes to preserve a wide variety of odd and fascinating audio clips that may otherwise go away. Check out the collection for yourself, it's really great.
The collection includes:
– Obsolete home entertainment such as VHS tapes, Walkman cassette players, video games consoles and film projectors
– Vintage military equipment like World War II codebreaking machines, warplanes and air raid sirens – The evocative sounds of old typewriters, Teletype machines and printing presses
– The world of transport – steam trains, vintage racing cars, 100-year-old farm equipment and London Underground C-stock
– Domestic appliances from the past including hand mixers, Bakelite switches, fans, shavers and coffee grinders
– Reflections on the disappearing sounds of the natural world, industrial processes and cultural traditions