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OBSOLETE SOUNDS

Obsolete Sounds is the world’s biggest collection of disappearing sounds and sounds that have become extinct – remixed and reimagined to create a brand new form of listening.

From buzzing modems and the whir of old VHS and cassette tapes to the changing soundscapes of our urban and natural world, the project documents the sounds we’ve already lost – and those that we’re in danger of losing. By focusing on these sounds we want to draw attention to the world’s disappearing soundscapes, and what we can do to preserve and save them.

Each sound in the project will be recomposed and reimagined by artists, as they reflect on how the sounds of our world are changing and being lost every day – bringing a new perspective to how we listen to these sounds.

OPEN CALL - SUBMIT YOUR SOUNDS

Do you have a recording of a sound that is now obsolete or is in danger of disappearing?

Whether it’s an endangered animal species, an outmoded form of transport or technology, or something that we just can’t hear any more, we’d love to hear your recordings.

Submit a field recording to the project at the link below – we need a WAV file, title and brief description of the sound. The call for contributions will be open until 3 June.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO REIMAGINE AN OBSOLETE SOUND?

We’re also accepting applications from artists who would like to reimagine one of our obsolete sound recordings, submitting a composition to be part of the final project.

Applications are open to musicians and sound artists from all over the world – if you’d like to take part, just send us a quick email using the button below and we’ll add you to the early-access list to choose a sound first once the call for artists is live. The callout to artists will take place in early June.

We’re very happy to have worked with the team at Conserve The Sound, who have kindly provided a selection of sounds from their archive as part of the project – do check out their excellent work.