Erik Gibelyou

Sound recording of an Edison Standard Phonograph playing an amberol cylinder. Recording includes the needle coming down on the cylinder and the lead in before the recorded music begins. Recorded with a Zoom H4nPro Handy Recorder.

Michael Frazier

Contact microphone recording of the operation of a four track reel-to-reel tape player. Contact mic was placed near the top of the player.


A Tape to Auxiliary Audio cable adaptor inserted and played in a 2001 Honda Accord Cassette Deck

Caroline Sonett

This is an audio file of my computer speakers emitting a soft but steady whirring because they have become overheated. Recorded on a Zoom H4N.

Chase Ellison - Eastman School of Music

With the increasing rarity and rate at which a VCR and a VHS is needed for study, one must have the right tools for the job. In such a case, multiple VCR and VHS media can be found and experienced in the Sibley Music Library at the Eastman School of Music. TV number 4 in Sibley's listening room provides a short burst of static noise accompanied with a brief display of what is commonly referred to as "snow" (random pixel pattern). In the recording excerpt, the sounds heard are those of the power button being depressed, the sound of static (which sounds kind of like a short and rapid snare drum roll), and silence. I repeatedly turn the television on and off in order to capture the resultant static that serves as the transition sound between silences.

Steve Felix, graduate student at the Eastman School of Music.

Recording of startup sound produced by a Victor VV-6 78-RPM player. Recorded on a ZOOM H4N Pro audio recorder.


A defective CD player attempting to read a CD in a 2001 Honda Accord CD/tape/stereo deck.

Caroline Sonett

Sound recording of a broken speaker system emitting a whistling sound when it is turned on, without music playing. Recorded on an Zoom H4N.

Edo Frenkel

The sound of radio noise as it interacts with the sound of various buttons and switches (moveable parts) of the clock radio in a deliberately rhythmic way.

Chase Ellison - Eastman School of Music

Whenever I'm working at home, I enjoy using my iPod classic (yes, it's true), computer, and/or iPhone SE as playback devices to accompany whatever activity I may be doing at that moment. I noticed that every time I use the 1/8" stereo jack chord that is attached to the external speakers (4 total - 1 bass and 3 smaller speakers) to my playback device, there would be a hum/"record skipping" type noise that would emit from the speakers. This sound is short-lived and occurs very quickly before the 1/8" jack is completely inserted; however, it is a noticeable source of noise.