Museum Of Endangered Sounds Preserves Tech Noises For Future Generations

James Johnson

The sound of a 3.5-inch floppy clicking into a drive, a Windows 95 start-up tone, those are just a few of the noises you can experience when visiting the Museum of Endangered Sounds. The organizations goal is to record tech noises from the Reagan and Clinton-area.

The “museum” is an online initiative thought up by three former advertising students after they realized “noises” were eliminated while typing a text on an iPhone.

One of the museum’s founders tells the Washington Post they realized no noises are made these day and asked “Are gadgets getting quieter?”

The online sound museum launched in April as a joke but web users quickly took to the blast from the past and so the team continues to find retro tech sounds for their database.

The group at this time isn’t going back to the days of vinyl record needles or the clacking of an old typewriter, instead focusing on the relativity “newer era” of technology.

Potential visitors can hear each sound by visiting From Nokia cell phones to printers and Pac-Man the website features a simple design in which each large image (pictured above) can be pressed to output some retro 8-bit type sounds.

The clicking of a rotary phone, the sound of a tape in a cassette player, the insertion of a VHS tape, why anyone would want to hear those sounds again is beyond me but apparently many people are visiting the website for that very reason.

What noises would you like to hear from the Museum of Endangered Sounds?