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Museum of Missing Sounds

Here is a small museum of sounds that we no longer hear in our daily lives. Still present in our lives a few years ago for some, others disappeared a long time ago. Like a physical museum, this page is intended to bring together and make accessible to all, this collective heritage through a selection.

The sounds are sorted in reverse chronological order. Indeed, it is quite easy to date the "birth" of a noise thanks to the date of the invention of the object or of its democratization or its discovery. However, it is very difficult to date its disappearance: there are still people who continue to listen to the old cassette which has remained stuck in the car radio, or who restore, maintain and use old machines... So this is the date of "birth" noises which allows the sorting

The museum being still in the process of being set up, it is still quite poor, but I am working on it.

Excellent visit, here we touch with the ears 😉

The collection

1995 › 56k Modem › 2008

56k Modem

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1984 › 3.5" floppy disk › 1995

3.5" floppy disk

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1980 › › 2000

No audio yet :(

1973 › Mobile phone with keys › 2007

Mobile phone with keys

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1970 › VHS › 2000

VHS

No audio yet :(

1969 › 16mm camera

16mm camera

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1963 › Audio cassette › 2000

Audio cassette

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1958 › Rotary dial

Rotary dial

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1951 › Vinyl record

Vinyl record

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1950 › Slide projector

Slide projector

No audio yet :(

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1950 › Slide Viewer

Slide Viewer

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1946 › Film camera

Film camera

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1940 › › 1970

No audio yet :(

1933 › › 2022

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1925 › › 1960

No audio yet :(

1905 › CRT screen › 2000

CRT screen

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1891 › 35mm camera

35mm camera

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1890 › Starting crank › 1950

Starting crank

1887 › › 1925

No audio yet :(

1847 › Mechanical alarm clock

Mechanical alarm clock

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1840 › Typewriter

Typewriter

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1840 › Steam locomotive whistle › 1950

Steam locomotive whistle

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1840 › Coffee grinder

Coffee grinder

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1830 › Sewing machine (non-motorized) › 1937

Sewing machine (non-motorized)

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1770 › Steam machine › 1950

No audio yet :(

1739 › Mechanical spring winder

Mechanical spring winder

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1680 › Longcase pendulum clock › 1915

Longcase pendulum clock

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1669 › Libra Roberval › 1980

Libra Roberval

1500 › Wooden clog › 1880

Wooden clog

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1433 › Arm pump

Arm pump

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1300 › Spinning wheel › 1800

Spinning wheel
Spinning wheel

A spinning wheel is a device for spinning thread or yarn from fibres.

1300 › › 1950

No audio yet :(

900 › Roman scales › 1940

Roman scales

500 › Town crier › 1950

No audio yet :(

300 › Dip pen › 1820

Dip pen

3 100 BC › Sword › 1600

300 000 BC › Fire (firesteel) › 450

Fire (firesteel)

300 000 BC › Fire (friction)

Fire (friction)

No audio yet :(

Remaining collection to be dated

Undated › Horn Ooogah

Horn Ooogah

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Undated › Parquet brush

Parquet brush

Undated › Hand-cranked mixer

Hand-cranked mixer

Undated › Kitchen lighter

Kitchen lighter

Undated › Mortar and pestle

Mortar and pestle

But still ?

If you are interested in the subject, search for the term "Sound Archeology". It brings together a whole bunch of very interesting research on the "soundscape memory", thanks to renowned researchers such as "Mylène PARDOEN".

There are also other missing sound sites, such as KeepTheSound or SaveTheSounds

If you have any suggestions, ideas, contact me!

Museum exhibition

The exhibition of this museum is easy thanks to a sound diffusion system. LaSonotheque has developed one perfectly intended for this type of sound installation: "Exposi'Son".

Thanks

Thanks to Clara and Gilles SARDIN, my parents, for their help, numerous recordings and photos.

- Joseph SARDIN - Founder of BigSoundBank.com and LaSonotheque.org - Contact

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