Sounds of the Office

Sounds of the Office

Various Artists FW06142 / FX 6142

This mysterious album opens with banging and creaking and could be mistaken for a minimalist sound piece. It is in fact the sounds of an office from 1964. Rustling papers, drawers closing, typing and footsteps are just a few of the sounds heard on this album. While letting the imagination run in identifying the sounds is fun to do while listening to the album, the liner notes include detailed descriptions of each sound for those who have to know. Recorded by Michael Siegel.

Year Released 1964
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1964 Folkways Records
Genre(s) Sounds
Country(s) United States
Subject(s) Sound effects

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101 Time Clock n/a 0:32
102 Coffee Break n/a 2:38
103 Dictation and Transcription n/a 3:33
104 Letter Opening n/a 2:01
105 Heat Copyer (Thermofax) and Stapling n/a 0:48
106 Coffee Break n/a 1:10
107 Old Electric Typewriter n/a 1:55
108 Adding Machine n/a 2:30
109 Writing Checks, and Check Protector n/a 2:45
110 Manual Typewriter n/a 2:17
201 Telephone and Intercom n/a 0:37
202 Pop Bottle Machine n/a 1:07
203 Calculator n/a 3:28
204 Plastic Laminator n/a 1:34
205 Bookkeeping Machine n/a 2:37
206 Coffee Break n/a 2:08
207 Addressograph n/a 1:13
208 Postage Meter and Envelope Sealer n/a 1:02
209 Time Clock n/a 0:29
210 The Office on a Busy Day n/a 1:25
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