Conserve the Sound

Conserve the Sound is an online museum that preserves the sounds of once-common objects.

The grinding gears of a 1920s pigeon racing clock. The slide-and-click of a 1960s GAF View-Master. The whir of a 1990s Polaroid camera. Sounds play a huge role in our existence, but many of them remain underappreciated until they are endangered. The Conserve the Sound archive of noise encourages exploration and brings back memories of time spent at grandma’s house, joining a parent at the office, the early days of the internet, and so much more.

In addition to audio recordings, Conserve the Sound also provides short explanations of the artifacts and their use.

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