Irish Brand Sound Plate




Sound Reel


Plays every sound the user has ever heard


Sounds are in a random order


Playing on a reel to reel player

Collected by

Rebecca St. Clair and Jack Secord



Date of Collection

October 24th, 1959


Origin[edit | edit source]

Reel to reel recordings were the precursor to vhs tapes and cds. They have been used since the 1930s, but have widely fallen out of use due to the hassle of developing and storing the film.

Usage[edit | edit source]

When placed on a reel-to-reel player the user will hear every sound he/she has ever heard. There is no order to the playback, so users may hear the sound of their mothers singing to them as an infant, a phone message from five minutes ago, or the sound of a car alarm that woke them up a year ago within the span of a minute.

Collection[edit | edit source]

It requires a focusing artifact to unlock its potential. Harvey Fletcher's Hearing Aid can be used to focus in on a specific time. Using both artifacts allows the user to remember the sounds from a specific moment.

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