Ha! It sounds like someone buzzing on a kazoo and tapping the desk. At the
very least, the pitch modulation (goes flatter as it progresses) suggests
this is a recording of a mechanical process (like, a diaphragm-based buzzer
of some sort, hence my kazoo speculation) rather than an electronic tone
generated from an oscillator...and I've totally reached the edge of my tech
envelope. I'm looking forward to learning what others might reveal!


On Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 12:49 PM, Marcos Sueiro Bal <[log in to unmask]>

> This is from a 1968 International Interview recording. It comes after a
> 1kHz tone and seems like some kind of alarm, but it is reportedly not part
> of any Emergency Broadcast System nor CONELRAD. It is unknown whether this
> sound was actually broadcast.
> what-the-heck-is-this-sound-at-the-start-of-an
> Thanks for any help!
> Marcos Sueiro Bal
> Senior Archivist, New York Public Radio
> 646 829 4063
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] CTEA 2018: it's coming
> 2018 is when many works of 1923 will become public domain as there are no
> additional extensions available.
> A work that was first copyrighted on April 10, 1923, and renewed between
> April 10, 1950, and April 10, 1951, would formerly have fallen into the
> public domain after April 10, 1979. The current law extends this copyright
> through the end of 2018. These second-term copyrights cannot be renewed
> again. Under the law, their extension to the maximum 95-year term is
> automatic and requires no action in the Copyright Office.
> On 6/12/2017 8:52 AM, Eli Bildirici wrote:
> > Apropos of some of the conversations being had here about copyright
> > issues surrounding recordings: next year will mark twenty years since
> the last Copyright Term Extension Act. As you all know, the copyright term
> situation is already comically bad, but there is no reason to believe
> Congress won't vote to make it even worse next year, particularly having
> the absolute gift that is this dysfunctional clownshow of a presidential
> administration to distract everyone - to say nothing of the rest of their
> own regressive agenda. (Not that this isn't a bipartisan policy...) Given
> that, seems to me that organizing against this needs to be happening now.
> Typing 'Copyright Term Extension Act' into Google already yields an
> autocomplete of 'of 2018', and ludicrously enough, among the top hits for
> such is a legal article arguing for such an extension. The archivist
> community in particular, I think, understands the chilling effect this has
> on the preservation of cultural treasures (beyond, say, making a personal
> copy and then waiting for Godot, lest you be sued into oblivion by some
> rights troll). Defeating this bill would amount to preserving the status
> quo: already not great, but at least it would begin allowing some works -
> not music, given the even more opaque state copyright regime it lives
> under; not for another fifty years - but at least it would begin allowing
> some works published 1923 and on to pass into the public domain in the next
> few years, instead of delaying that eventuality yet another twenty years.
> > I'm not sure what chance we'd have...but we should at least try, right?
> >
> > Eli Bildirici
> > (347) 837-8337
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