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An Overview Of The Dial Up Sound

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“If you ever connected to the Internet before the 2000s, you probably remember that it made a peculiar sound. But despite becoming so familiar, it remained a mystery for most of us. What do these sounds mean?”

Click on the graphic above for a full page illustration walking you through each step of the old school dial up modem handshaking process. Finally, I have figured out what all the beeps mean. I wish it explained why my dial-up game of Command And Conquer would stop working when someone picked up a phone in the house. Want to get real nerdy with your interior decor? The image above is now for sale in poster form.

The Sound Of Dial Up via Absorptions

How To Play The Keyboard

How To Basics “Teaching You The Basics”

UM Project: Amazing Furniture Design

Mixing console for analog equipment including late 1960’s WSW (Wiener Schwachstromwerke) and modern-day Tonelux, developed for Brian Bender’s The Motherbrain recording studio

Photography: Francis Dzikowksi/ Esto


Yesterday, was interesting…

At the studio yesterday, I was sitting at my desk chatting with Surachai on aim when I noticed a slight movement out of the corner of my eye, near some cables on the floor. I didn’t think much of it and didn’t see anything right away, but looked again…

Surachai: LOLLLL
Surachai: LOLLLL
Justin: holy hf’dsl;k
Surachai: pics brah
Surachai: is it hissing or just chilling?
Justin: both
Justin: it’s in the corner
Justin: i saw something move from the corner of my eye
Justin: and im like, ey, seeing things
Surachai: EYYY TONY
Justin: i dont’ know what to do with it
Surachai: push it outside
Surachai: police are chasing a car that is throwing money out its window
Surachai: LA

Here’s a little video I took while we struggled to remove the suspect from the premises. It turned out to be a Fox Snake.


“Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in ’83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He’s been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far much more bitter, cynical sense of humor. “

Synth Event 12: Tickets now on sale…

Tickets are now officially on sale for TRASH_AUDIO’s Synth Event 12 that’s happening in Chicago on July 29th! We’ve got over 100 RSVPS and we’re closing the invite when we reach 100,000 people. Better get tickets now!

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Part 1 (Synth Market)
Part 2 (Performances)
DAY PASS (Greatest Value!)

WIRED: Inside the Russian Short Wave Radio Enigma

“From a lonely rusted tower in a forest north of Moscow, a mysterious shortwave radio station transmitted day and night. For at least the decade leading up to 1992, it broadcast almost nothing but beeps; after that, it switched to buzzes, generally between 21 and 34 per minute, each lasting roughly a second—a nasally foghorn blaring through a crackly ether. The signal was said to emanate from the grounds of a voyenni gorodok (mini military city) near the village of Povarovo, and very rarely, perhaps once every few weeks, the monotony was broken by a male voice reciting brief sequences of numbers and words, often strings of Russian names: “Anna, Nikolai, Ivan, Tatyana, Roman.” But the balance of the airtime was filled by a steady, almost maddening, series of inexplicable tones.”

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Andrew WK: “The song which earned me a juvenile restraining order”

This is old. I found it again and it’s still funny to me, so here you go.

Aged 17, I set about writing a song for a girl I was obsessed with. When she heard it, she called the police. Have a listen – you’ll understand why.

The Song

I’ve never let anyone hear this song before. I’m deeply humiliated and embarrassed at the thought of anyone hearing it. This is probably the most intense and personal song I’ve ever recorded – it’s called My Destiny and it was written and recorded when I was 17. I shouldn’t do this.

I was in high school in the 1990s, in a town called Ann Arbor in Michigan. I had a crush on a girl and was deeply and passionately fixated on her. She had a baby face, a 14-tooth smile, large eyes, a crowned forehead, an oversized brow and a tender style. She consumed me with both lust and hatred – lust, because I was truly drawn to her beauty and soft skin, and hatred because she rarely spoke to me, wouldn’t look at me much and never gave me a chance to show her my deep affections. I used to call her house just to listen to her say, “Hello?” Then I’d hang up, terrified and shaking with nervous ecstasy…

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Richard doing what Richard does…

Richard Devine recording the Smith & Wesson.


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