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Sounds Just Aren't the Same Anymore

 
 
Reply Sun 2 Jan, 2005 07:22 am
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Back in the prehistoric 1970s, one of life's little pleasures was the ability to slam down a telephone on annoying callers. Now, thanks to the rise of cordless phones, the best you can do is fiercely poke the off button - or, if money is no object, throw the receiver into a wall.
The slamming phone, like dozens of once-familiar sounds, is headed for extinction. As technology advances, more and more noises - the pop of flashbulbs, the gurgle of coffee percolators, the clatter of home-movie projectors - are fading into oblivion.

While audio junkies scramble to preserve samples for future generations, psychologists debate the consequences of this noise exodus. Some foresee a sonic revolution - one that could launch a wave of silence and perhaps force Hollywood studios to rethink the way they tell stories.





http://www.tampatrib.com/News/MGB7URHRG3E.html

I can remember the "ka-CHING" of mechanical cash registers, and the sound of coins dropping into coin telephone slots. In the back of my mind I can recall the sound of kids' steel wheeled roller skates scraping along the pavement. And I can hear, in the back of my mind, the sound of a seltzer bottle expelling its bubbly contents into a glass.

What sounds do YOU remember that no longer exist?
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 2 Jan, 2005 07:31 am
The bell for the school breaks (chimed by myself).

Sirens, announcing the lunch break in factories.

Bells again, from the milkman, and the piping tunes from the rag-and-bone men.

The different sound of car engines, which made them distinguishable from each other just by this sound.

And ....
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 2 Jan, 2005 07:33 am
(Coin telephone are re-introduced, btw, here again: for the tourists.
And steel-wheel rollerskates were "in" last year with yuppies.)
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sun 2 Jan, 2005 07:34 am
Never mind the ka-ching of slamming down the phone. How about the sound of a phone being dialed? Do rotary phones still exist?
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 2 Jan, 2005 07:40 am
Changed the ones at mother's last year - and it took some time, until she got used to pressing buttons.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sun 2 Jan, 2005 07:42 am
MA- For $410 you to can have a rotary phone:

http://www.phonemerchants.com/leichphone.html

For $10- you can have a push button! :wink:
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flyboy804
 
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Reply Sun 2 Jan, 2005 11:58 am
The clippity clop of the hooves of the horses as they pulled the milk delivery wagon down tjhe street.
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Letty
 
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Reply Sun 2 Jan, 2005 12:07 pm
Phoenix, I have a rotary phone in my garage, that looks exactly like this:

http://www.phonemerchants.com/earamdecphon.html

How about the sound of a live voice saying, "Number, please"
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Sun 2 Jan, 2005 01:24 pm
The clack-clack-clack of typewriters. Even the chunk-chunk-chunk of the IBM Selectric.

Followed by the zipppp! as you yank the paper out from the platen.
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sun 2 Jan, 2005 01:26 pm
flyboy -- yeah, I miss the clippety-clop of horses' hoofs on pavement. We had a horse-drawn ice wagon come down our street most mornings. The wagon had rubber tires, so there was no rattling sound there. But those hoofbeats were a joy.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 2 Jan, 2005 01:32 pm
The big clock that ticked once every 60 seconds over the classroom door.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 2 Jan, 2005 01:33 pm
Twice per day (at least) I could hear hooves clacking on the street:
very slowly and heavy from the Begian horse, which towed the waggon for the local "railway forwarding agent" ('bahnamtliche Spedition' that's in German),

- and the donkey drawn cart from the Psychiatric Hospital, on his way to and back from the dairy
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sun 2 Jan, 2005 02:41 pm
I can even remember the clang-clang-clang of the trolley car in Brooklyn.
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sun 2 Jan, 2005 07:50 pm
That's another thing, Phoenix. We still have trolleys in Boston. But they no longer clang the bells like they used to. The new ones are all equipped with horrible-sounding, blahhring horns.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 2 Jan, 2005 07:55 pm
The sound of steam being released by a train engine.
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