Today’s news, yesterday’s sounds: a sonic year in review


Happy New Year! 

At Pop Up Archive, we’re collecting old sounds and making them searchable. As we watched the headlines roll in last year, we couldn’t help but notice how often sounds from the past are echoed in today’s news. So, for your listening pleasure, here are some of our favorite archival complements to the year’s biggest stories:'s%20Emphasis%20is%20Wrong%2C%20Martin%20Luther%20King%2C%20Sr%2C%20Krannert%20Great%20Hall%2C%20April%2012%2C%201975/7843/5406/583

  • It was a year of milestones for gay rights: The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and overturned California’s Prop 8 banning gay marriage. From Pacifica Radio Archives, Jonathan Katz in 1977 on his book Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the USA.

  • Following Edward Snowden’s leak of classified documents, a federal judge upheld the National Security Agency’s right to collect U.S. phone data. Surveillance isn’t new: listen to a 1983 examination of technology for nationalistic purposes.

Beyonce performs at the Pavilhão Atlântico, Lisbon. Credit: José Goulão

Stay tuned for blog posts from Pop Up Archive in the coming months about digital audio rights issues and advances in speech-to-text technology.

See you in 2014!

The Pop Up Archive team

Photo: Beyoncé performs at the Pavilhão Atlântico, Lisbon. Credit: José Goulão