“From every part of the crowded and brilliantly lighted streets came the crash of splintered glass. People started as windows shattered at their side; suddenly there was another crash in front of them; on the other side of the street; behind – everywhere.”
The London Sound Survey has a wonderful online collection of descriptions and references to sounds drawn from autobiographies, diaries and statutes, as well as novels written around the times they depict.
The quote above is from the Daily Mail in 1910 about the ‘Suffragettes going window smashing’.(via sound-art-text)
Sounds are disappearing from our world all the time. Animals become extinct and their calls lost, technology becomes redundant and their sounds are replaced by new ones.
If you’re interested in the changing soundscape of our world, and efforts to preserve lost sounds for future generations, check out the following blogs:
Conserve the sound is an online museum for vanishing and endangered sounds. Accompanying the archive people are interviewed and give an insight in to the world of disappearing sounds.
The Museum Of Endangered Sounds was launched in 2012 as a way to preserve the sounds made famous by the authors favourite old technologies and electronics equipment. You can listen to them one by one, or create your own industrial style composition.
The British Library, and other institutions that keep archives, also have libraries of sounds available to listen online, but I’ve decided to just list projects with this focus for now. The above are particularly well designed and easy to use.
If you know of others, please let me know so I can add to the list!?