Monday, March 31, 2014

EU Audio Archive

The Sunday Times reports: [edited]

Some of the most distinctive sounds of Britain, including the hum of a Merlin engine inside a Spitfire and a whistling kettle, are to be captured and preserved in a huge audio archive.

Torsten Nilsson, a Swedish museum curator, will arrive in Britain in September to record sounds now rarely heard, including the noise made by the engine of a classic Bentley and that of 'at least 40 different English kettles boiling ready for preparing afternoon tea'.

The trip is part of a two-year £170,000 project, funded by the European Union, to collect sounds from around Europe before they disappear. Among the noises Nilsson wants to record are the sound of a person dialling a rotary telephone and a dial-up modem in operation.

The recordings will be made available to the public.

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