Published on June 5th, 2012 | by Alan Cross


The Museum of Endangered Sounds

Until I found this site, I never really considered certain sounds to be “endangered” in the same way as, say a coral reef or something.  But the more I looked (and listened), the more I understood what the author of the site was trying to do.

I’m certainly not nostalgic for the beep-boop-screech of an old-style computer modem or the start-up music for Windows 95, but these are sounds that were part of millions of lives for many years.

If I had one request, it would be for the ka-CHUNK an 8-track player made when it channel tracks.  Again, I don’t miss it–I never even owned an 8-track machine–but I think such a sound would be constructive when trying to explain to future generations the crap we used to put up with to listen to music.


About the Author

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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One Response to The Museum of Endangered Sounds

  1. Shane Smith says:

    I miss the intro of a purchased cassette. Each record label having there own unique sound. What was the sound for anyway?

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