Etta James' White Noise Machine
Electric air freshener


Etta James


White Noise Machine


Plays one’s unfiltered inner dialogue aloud for reinforcement


Can cause negative behavioral feedback


Electrical Plugin

Collected by

Warehouse 13







Date of Collection

August 29, 2019



Etta James (January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012) remains to this day a bastion of the soul, blues and R&B musical genres. Her early career saw a transition from choir girl to powerhouse. She received kind regards from talent scout Johnny Otis, mellow guitarist B.B. King and even an adolescent Elvis. With Chess Records, she released hits such as At Last, Tell Mama, Something's Got a Hold on Me, and I'd Rather Go Blind, bridging gaps between different styles. Rolling Stones respected her so much, James briefly opened up their concerts. She won six Grammys, 17 Blues Music Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll, Blues and Grammy Halls of Fame.

To reach her powerful bellowing voice at an early age, many of her musical teachers and foster parents physically abused her. They would punch her in the chest to rely on her stomach as the source of her voice and force her to belt out for drunken friends. A decade long interlude after Chess Records saw her fall into heroin addiction. Even after completing rehab, she would have relapses when in relationships with other users.


Takes the operator’s most personal, intimate thoughts about their own being and announces them aloud for their self and others to clearly hear. There is no restriction on topic – whatever is gnawing them from the inside is broadcast. Concentrating on silence makes the volume actually increase, as all their inner commentary is based on unspoken past beliefs. Sometimes, being confronted with one’s own flaws leads to self-evaluation, even improvement. Other cases lead to destitution. Hearing one’s weaknesses affirmed out loud may just add new destructive behavior to compensate.

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