In short: If you’ve ever wanted to remind yourself (or find out, for the younger ones) what a Sony Walkman, Polaroid camera, or 56K modem sounds like, Cities and Memory have launched a website containing recordings from these and other older devices. . The company encourages people to submit entries with detailed field recording guidance.
Sound Project Cities and Memory established website on Monday, where visitors can listen to recordings of things not normally heard these days. These include older technologies such as tape recorders, telephones, computers, video games, and more.
The project aims to evoke nostalgia in users and preserve sounds that are in danger of disappearing as they come from devices that are no longer in use. The site categorizes sounds like cameras, video games, typewriters, and home appliances.
Currently, the largest sections are for cameras, home appliances, home entertainment devices, and kitchen equipment. The camera section includes the Polaroid Joycam and i-Zone instant cameras. It is also equipped with two 35mm cameras, a Bolex film camera and more.
Old VCRs from companies like Sony and Phillips can be found in the Home Entertainment section. You will also find a movie projector, a slide projector and a music box. A special surprise for some visitors may be the GAF View-Master. You can hear gadgets like old fans, sewing machines, hair dryers, razors, and even a Stone Age drill in the home appliances section.
Recordings from simpler objects such as matches, lunch box, scales, and coffee grinders are also available. However, the library includes more than just technology records. It also plays traditional music from countries such as Cambodia, Morocco and Japan. In addition, visitors can hear several sounds of nature, including a melting glacier.
For each sound, visitors can view information about its source and recording process. Some recordings came from another recording group, Save the sound.
Submissions of Cities and Memory recordings require audio files between one and 20 minutes in length in formats such as WAV. The site has an extensive guide with equipment suggestions and ideas.
Cities and Memory has a recording podcast that updates several times a week. The company also encourages users to submit music inspired by their recordings, collecting them into dozens of albums available for free on Group camp.
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