Dial-Up modem sound is creepy when slowed down 700%


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It’s a sound that few of us have heard since the last time we saw a modem that looked like the one above. Still, it’s a sound that will always be recognized by anyone born in the 80s or earlier – the dial-up modem sound.

We may have moved on and there may no longer be a need to hear that ever-so-annoying high-pitched whine again in its original form, but the people over at Geektastic slowed it down for us a lot and gave us something that can only be described as creepy.

Listen to this and imagine it in a scene from an old M. Night Shyamalan film (think Sixth Sense and not much after that). Chilling.

  1. Was there a reason that the modem made those particular sounds, or was there some unspoken rule to make the modem sound like that?

    1. It was trying to figure out how to communicate with the modem on the other end of the connection. It did that by cycling through all frequencies available (it’s own and everything slower than itself). Once it found the right frequency, it stopped trying and started transmitting data. Given that tare are no more than a dozen frequencies, it’s a very efficient trick as it requires no “language” to communicate, just a simple check to see if two sounds match.

  2. FAKE !!!  It might have started out as “Modem Audio”, but there’s no “fade ins & Fade outs”.  and Definately NO ECHO !!!!    If you’re gonna claim something, make sure you dont post it to the whole world, so an expert can shoot you down in flames !! 

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