Interactive sound map proves that the Roaring Twenties did indeed roar.

‘The Roaring ‘Twenties‘ is an online interactive database that allows users to explore the soundscape of that noisy decade through documented noise complaints and newsreels. Project creator Emily Thompson, a historian at Princeton University, explains that the map allows users to ‘listen in on the past’ via historic sound recordings, which are becoming increasingly available online.

The catalogue of information used in the creation of the aural map consists of three types of data: 54 unique excerpts from Fox Movietone newsreels spanning from 1926 to 1930, approximately 350 written noise complaints (usually submitted by the aggravated writers to the Mayor or Commissioner of Health), and various excerpts from newspapers and magazines to further illuminate the context.

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