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The sound of children playing outside. Extremely endangered in many established countries.


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Well, I'm not sure about a few years exactly, but I've always thought of this question in terms of wildlife. The first thing that comes to mind are species lost from environmental destruction. One example: whale song is changing. One theory is that they can no longer communicate as they did because marine traffic overwhelms their language. Bernie Krause ...


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i'd say pre-70s technology sounds are an endangered species. things like printing presses, tube televisions, rotary phones, dial up modems, film projectors, film cameras, etc.


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interesting question! Yes, there are systemized/categorized indexes of sounds, these are called a "thesaurus" in libraries and archival practice. It's described as "a book that lists words in groups of synonyms and related concepts." Of course you don't have just 1 book, and many have different rules. What I think is your issue is not a lack of words/ways ...


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Medwyn Goodall has said (in interviews) that his entire studio set up at the time he recorded Medicine Woman was an 8-track tape recorder, a guitar, percussion and ONE Casio synth. He doesn't say which Casio synth but given the timing, think maybe a CZ (basically a Yamaha DX knockoff) or VZ series (known for nice sweeping pads) synth. If you're open to ...


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I agree with ultralinear that this sounds suspiciously like hardware. I was going to suggest a Kurzweil (PC3 for example)...These synths sound warm and musical whilst providing loads of subtle LFOs, modulations and envelopes. More than that though, the synth comes with lots of presets which are sculpted for the faders and controls on the synth itself, so ...


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Some props will also become scarce over time; keeping typewriters functioning is getting challenging. I use my library of thick phone-book hits for all sorts of stuff, which also causes them to get duct-taped together and often nearly destroyed. What will I use when everyone stops publishing thick pulp softcovers? Resort to punching interns in the stomach?


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On the technology front, when was the last time you heard a dot matrix printer? Same goes for a typewriter.


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Phone work ups. Now everyone uses a smart phone in films. flip phones, antennas, function beeps, and key clicks I can see being endangered. I feel like I haven't heard a wilhelm scream in ahwile either.


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This is probably a sound already in someone's library, but I remember my parent's old 50's era (or prior to that?) electric coffee percolator. When it is left to perc for 30 mins. to an hour (adding additional water here and there) it has quite a vocabulary.


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I miss being able to sit out in the woods and not hear any signs of human life beyond my own breathing. Can't really find that many places anymore.


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Fun question! True - you can find many of these sounds in sfx libraries. We have recordings of NASA space shuttle launches at Pro Sound Effects, and recently have been making 'sound a day' audio posts about sounds of endangered species. www.prosoundeffects.com/blog/2012/09/sound-of-the-day-endangered-species-week


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To my great dismay: space shuttle launches. Supposedly one of the (if not THE) loudest man-made sounds. I know the Transformers 3 sound team was able to record the last launch—quite a priceless recording if you ask me. Of course NASA and private companies will be launching other forms of rockets for years. I doubt many would be able to tell the difference. ...


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I've always liked the sound of the Mini in the Bourne Identity film, just because the sound is so hyper-real.


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Mine would be Kurt Russel's Chevy Nova in Death Proof. Harry Cohen did an amazing job making that car sound like pure danger! From the low gurgling idle to the full out revs and bys. I get goose bumps every time I watch the movie.


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For me it's a small bit in the opening of Safe House, when the car Denzel is in with the other guy and (as I recall, it's been a while) there's an intersection impact wherein the car gets T-boned. The car rev spins up to a hard stop right by the camera. That spin rev engine still sticks out as a favorite vehicle moment for me. But in all seriousness, the ...


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