Classic Arcade Sounds

Hear for Yourself

In November of 1982 my best friend had a Sony TCS-310 Stereo Cassette Recorder. Audio cassette tape was the affordable recording medium at the time and one wintery day while on our way to the arcade 'Just Fun' in Ithaca, NY, we came up with the idea to record video game sounds in the arcades.

We recorded our video game experiences from 1982 until 1988 in a variety of locations on the east coast. Most of the recordings come from Ithaca, NY, Albany, NY and Ocean City, MD. Other locations include Lancaster, PA, Falmouth, MA, Rehoboth Beach, DE and Key West, FL.

Sony Stereo Cassette Recorder, TCS-310

Luckily I stored all fourteen audio tapes in a safe place and rediscovered them when I moved the rest of my stuff out of my parents house in 1997. In the last several years I digitized these nostalgic recordings to preserve and share them.

Experience the magic and the wonder of the early years of coin-op video games. Hear the classic arcade ambience like you haven't heard it in over a quarter of a century! The blend of several video games being played simultaneously, the kids yelling and the quarters clanking. We will never hear such beautiful chaos quite the same way again....

The sound clips are in MP3 format. I recently upgraded the user experience with a PHP/Flash driven MP3 player so listening to the clips is now a lot easier. The files are 64kbps mp3 format. If you have trouble listening to them in your browser and you've tried everything, please email me.

Audio Recordings Donated to the National Videogame Archive

On July 15th, 2009, the National Videogame Archive gladly accepted my fourteen cassette tapes into their permanent collection. I wanted them to be a part of something bigger where they can be shared with a worldwide audience. The audio of classic arcade sounds is strongly nostalgic for those who experienced them in the 1980's, and I feel they will make quite an impression on younger generations who want to learn about the first impact video games made on our culture, worldwide.

In my opinion the National Videogame Archive is on the forefront of preserving and exhibiting video games and everything related to them. What impressed me more is an article they published titled The sound of (videogame) music which is about how video games are very much an aural medium and an essential one to the video game experience. I was both taken by surprise and flattered that they mentioned my web site!

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