From Work with Sounds – to Sounds of Changes

Sounds of Changes builds on the legacy from the former project Work with Sounds.

The Sound of Progress

Put on your headphones and experience what historical ears sounded like.

Want to contribute?

Got an ear for history? We are always looking for collaboration partners.

The sounds from the past is here to stay.

Sounds of changes is a cooperation between six museums in Europe. The project records and preserves the sounds of industrial and civil society. In our collection you will find everything from clunking from machines, to the sound of town-life in city squares.


“Sounds of Changes is a unique effort to preserve the soundscape of yesterday, and to make this legacy come to live again.”

– Brandon Smith

Behind the sounds

  • Office lamp

    This is the sound of a fluorescent office lamp, here at the museum. It has two modes, the first one is light straight down towards the desk whilst the...
  • Staple remover

    This is a little device specially designed to remove staples from paper; if it is used correctly staples can be removed without damaging the paper. Photo...
  • Stapler

    This is the sound of a stapler that staples papers together. They come in many different shapes and sizes, and they all staple. There is even an automatic...