This list was suggested by this magazine’s editor, Mike Higgins, who proposed dial-up modems and electric milk floats. Telephone-related noises, including the pips when you needed to insert more coins in a phone box (Terry Stiastny), were popular, and I cannot find the old pre-digital UK dialling tone on the internet.
- The ratchet and clicker-back of a rotary phone dial Nominated by The G-Man and many others.
- Clatter, bell and carriage return of a typewriter From Tom Joyce.
- A bus ticket being printed Suggested by Citizen Sane (although I received an appeal from Hull, where the sound is still heard).
- Pulsing, grating hum as a dot matrix printer swings back and forth Rob Marchant. (And the noise of a fax machine connecting, adds Lesley Smith.)
- Snowstorm sound on TVs Nominated by both Judith Rose Attar and Robert Epstein.
- ‘Cldumpf…clpdumf…cldumpf…’ of an LP going round with the needle in the middle. From Martyn Williams. Jake Wilde also nominated scratches on vinyl.
- Whistling (of tunes, by people) Suggested by Big Gaz.
- ‘Ding-ding’ on buses From Guy Herbert. I also liked the “ding-ding-ding” when the conductor told the driver not to stop.
- Library date stamps From Labour History Group.
- Clackety clack, clackety clack, clackety clack Nominated by Maggie Lavan: railway tracks are continuous now.
Originally published in the Independent on 17th August 2014.