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The Stereo Beeps Collection

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When stereo was just beginning to replace "hi-fi," the only stereo vinyl albums available in record stores were often "percussion" albums (on the Command label). These albums, with names like Persuasive Percussion or Provocative Percussion, featured a left/right channel check at the beginning of each song and utilized the most forced and unnaturally separated stereo mix imaginable.

The idea was, "Hey, there are two speakers; let's make that real obvious!" So old standards like The Chatanooga Choo Choo would begin with a freight train roaring from the left speaker to the right. (My pre-adolescent favorite was Standing on the Corner, Watchin' All the Girls Go By which had the sound of high-heeled shoes clicking from speaker to speaker.)

Now that I have a work station with stereo speakers, I find that I have regressed a bit and want each and every sound my computer makes to exploit its stereo potential. With that in mind, I created a few sounds that are inspired by those old vinyl percussion albums.

Hey, there are two speakers; let's make that real obvious...

There are forty-two sound files in the Stereo Beeps collection. Here are four samples:

Three longer stereo sound effects are also included:

The all-time classic stereo sound
Another classic, moves from right to left and ends with a piece of wood falling.
Feel the need to clean up the place a bit but can't drag yourself away from your computer? This sound will help.

Download a zip file with all forty-two sounds:


These are "compositions" done with Apple's Garageband application shortly after it was introduced. If you have a video or slide presentation that needs some music, these might work.

Monster Garage Band v1
Monster Garage Band v2
SciFi FlyBy
Two-Car Garage Band

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The Built World
Semblance Portrait Project
Back to Square One
Changing Chicago
Chicago's Reliance Building
Along the Mississippi River
The Work of Antoni Gaudí
Morocco 2023
Beecher, Illinois
Iceland 2017
Cuba 2015
Providence, Rhode Island
Greece 2013
Eastern Europe 2013
Israel 2010
Paris, France
Puebla, Mexico 2009
Puerto Rico 2009
Barcelona 2007
Rome, Italy 2006

Graphics, sounds, and other ancient items from the dawn of the Web.