Miss The Sound Of Your Old Dot Matrix Printer? Then The Museum of Endangered Sounds Is For You!

Miss The Sound Of Your Old Dot Matrix Printer?  Then The Museum of Endangered Sounds Is For You!

Of all the things an historian can archive and catalogue, not many pay attention to the sounds people heard in history.

This is a cool website that aims to catalogue the sounds of outdated technology: The Museum of Endangered Sounds website.  The page has recordings of a Speak & Spell, the dial-up modem sound, Pac-Man, a pay phone, and a gameboy. A bit more modern history than I’m used to posting, but still a good trip down memory lane.

Photo source: [Wikipedia]

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7 Responses to Miss The Sound Of Your Old Dot Matrix Printer? Then The Museum of Endangered Sounds Is For You!

  1. All sounds I remember with fondness as well as course as a dial-up modem 🙂

    • What the website forgot to capture with the dial-up modem sound was the sound of family members yelling at each other because someone started up the internet while someone else was on the phone. Yes, there was a historical time when everyone in a family shared the same phone. And worse yet, during this same historical period you also couldn’t use the phone and the internet at the same time. The horror. 😉

  2. History of Capitalism says:

    This website is incredible. Thanks for pointing it out.

  3. Mistlake says:

    I do not miss the sound of my dot matrix printer! Seeing this post revives memories of prolonged annoyance when I was printing lengthy documents and listening to that scratchy whine for what felt like forever. Still, it’s a form of nostalgia, I guess 🙂

    History Kicks Ass, you have a great blog here!

    • I agree!! It reminds me of those stupid things you had to rip off of the ends of each page (with the holes in them). How many of those did I have around my house?

      And thanks so much! 🙂

  4. Mistlake says:

    Wow, I had forgotten all about that bloody paper. “Tractor paper” we used to call it. It broke easily enough too when you tried to tear those margins off. Oh dear. Man’s inhumanity to man may remain, but at least we’ve got proper printers these days,

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