Windows Start-up & Shutdown Sounds from Windows 3.1 to Windows 7

While not everyone is fan of Windows, you cannot deny that Windows PCs have left an indelible mark on our culture. These videos which were posted by The Windows Club, really drive that point home. Just close your eyes and give them a listen. They will take you back without the risk of BSOD.

Microsoft Windows Startup Sounds

Microsoft Windows Shutdown Sounds

[via] The Windows Club

Listen to The Mickey Mouse Theater of the Air Online

“The Mickey Mouse Theater of the Air” was a musical-variety radio series for children, sponsored by Pepsodent and broadcast on NBC from the Disney Little Theater on the RKO lot from January 2 to May 15, 1938. It was created to help promote the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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Music for the program was provided by the Felix Mills Orchestra, Donald Duck’s Swing Band, and The Minnie Mouse Woodland Choir. The opening theme was “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?”. John Hiestan was the announcer for this Sunday afternoon show, and it featured regular Disney characters like Mickey Mouse (Walt Disney for the first four episodes), Donald Duck (Clarence Nash), Minnie Mouse (Thelma Boardman), Goofy (Stuart Buchanan), and Clarabelle Cow (Florence Gill).

The Mickey Mouse Theater of the Air [@] The Internet Archive

Arcade Ambient Sound

Get arcade ambient sound from the Arcade Ambience Project

Have you always wanted to make your home sound like an arcade? Of course you have, but did you consider about what year you would like the arcade to be from? Well consider no longer, Andy Hofle’s Arcade Ambience Project has put together high quality Arcade Ambient Sound loops to help you capture the feeling of being in an arcade of yesteryear.

They currently have 4 flavors, each one coming in at over a whopping 60 minutes each. The Arcade Ambient Sound loops cover the following years, 1981, 1983, 1986, and 1992. How did Andy pull this feat of audio magic together?

I used a program to record myself playing each of the games all the way through (until the game was over). Some games have more than one recording. I also recorded a few games in attract mode (like Gorf and Astroblaster, which have attract sounds). A few games I had to take samples from elsewhere, for example asteroids in MAME sounds terrible. Also, the coin changers (there are 3 distinct sounds) and background hum (kind of hard to pick up) I took from a local arcade. Once I had a big collection of wavs, I created a multitrack project in my sequencer/audio program. I basically made a separate track for each game/sound effect. I then randomly panned each track to the left or right to give the illusion of the games and coin changers being placed all around you. I also randomly adjusted the volumes for each track. I then placed several instances of the game recordings spaced out randomly. For example, there are about 6 identical plays of defender, randomly positioned on the CD. But there are so many games going at once, you cannot tell that the defender track is being repeated 6 times. Same goes for the other tracks. So basically I made sure that there is no repeating or looping in this sound (other than the repeat of each game wav, but that is almost impossible to notice since these games basically sound the same each time they are played).

Now that is what I call dedication. They really are pieces of art and I have personally listened to all 4 and just love them.

I think my next challenge will be to overlay an hour long loop of classic songs of the correct era under the music and make it sound like my local radio station playing modern new wave hits. They really make me pine for the classic arcade days.

Visit Andy Hofle and get a healthy does of Arcade Ambient Sound!

Captain America and the Falcon in “And A Phoenix Shall Arise”

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As some of you may know my favorite comic book character is, hands down, Captain America. I love the idea of a character who is stuck in an era in which they don’t belong and I have been a dedicated reader since I was 7. Now old Steve Rogers may be dead at the moment, but don’t count him out, he will be back.

Until then we fans of the one true Cap are forced to dig through our older books and keep our hope alive. Since many of you may not have access to a book right now, I am happy to share with you this this audio adventure from Power Records, “Captain America and the Falcon in “And A Phoenix Shall Arise”.

Good stuff. I wish I had the comic to post up here, but its probably somewhere in a box in my family basement waiting to be rediscovered.

Click to listen to the adventure: