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.
As I drive through the city of Rochester, NY, there are a few streets in which the radio signal from Jazz 90.1 encounters interference from a competing radio frequency. This recording captures the disruption in sound from one station to the other. In the resultant cacophony, the primary radio signal diminishes in quality and strength as the secondary signal interjects in irregular pulsations. The primary source does not disappear altogether; however, there is no clarity once the signal is disrupted. This recording also captures the sound of the turn signal and engine noise as a result of driving during the recording. Such found objects put the recording of the radio into a familiar context - driving and listening to the radio.
This is the sound of turning on and off a FM radio station that is not tuned in to a legitimate station on a multi-faceted Sony playback system. By using a remote, one can hear the static or lack of clarity in hearing a FM radio station when incorrectly tuned. The sound heard is the static when no station, specifically, is tuned in or set.