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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Sounds of 156 Office Machines from 1960

This is a fantastic and interesting piece of music by Swiss Composer Rolf Liebermann. It utilizes, "16 typewriters, 18 calculator machines, 8 accounting machines, 12 office perforators, 10 caisses, enregistreuses, 8 humidificateurs-colleurs, 8 tele-scripteurs, 2 metronomes, 4 bells of signalisation, 3 entrance door gongs, 10 claxons, 16 telephones, 40 experimental signal receptors, 1 fork lift a duplicator and a monte-charge." I don't even know what half of those things are, but I bet my Macbook can do everything they can.

Basically, it's a symphony of office sounds from the 1960's, much different from the sounds we'd hear in an office today. As it once were, office mechanics were loud. Now? Not so much. You can hardly hear the typing of a keyboard as you sashay past cubicles, which is what makes this piece so fascinating. Imagine working in an environment where you couldn't just pop your headphones in and turn on Spotify, but your daily melody consisted of these sounds of the office.