First launched in 2007, the museum of sound is a free place to listen. it is designed to be somewhere to listen to 1982, or paris on a crisp winter’s morning, or a lemon being squeezed, or the conflict in syria, or 10,000 babies being born at the same time. it is a place to remember, to catalogue, to compare, study, investigate, and to hear the world in a new way.
it is also a place to compose. sound is too interesting a phenomonen to simply play in isolated clips, however engaging the source material. so the museum of sound is designed to allow us to listen in new ways too, to compose how we want to hear the exhibits. every sound should sit within a collection and any person uploading a new sound is a curator.
whilst at its heart, it is a giant love song to sound, the museum is most interested in hearing sounds in context. this means putting them alongside other sounds of similar origin, or grouping them together around a particular place, time, theme, or date. when our technology allows, in the future, you will be able to listen to multiples of sound playing at the same time, layering up events, recordings or accidents to discover ways of listening we haven’t been able to explore before. it’s not as if, in the past, we’ve been able to easily sync up 25,000 tape machines to play at the same time. we’ve had the recorded image since cave painting, but recorded sound just over 100 years. the majority of our recordings though have been of music and talking. in that sense, sound is a new frontier and here at the museum we believe we are entering the age of sound: a chance to hear the world in all sorts of new and engaging ways. it’s only when we can put these sounds all together in one place though and allow them to coexist side by side, on top or beneath each other that we can start to build our understanding, piece by piece, noise by noise, of this peculiar, brilliant, noisy, endangered place we call home.