Listen to All the Bleeps and Bloops of Hollywood's Fake Computers

You computer probably makes a bleep now and then, maybe the occasional bloop. But the giant, glowing, blinking machines of Hollywood fame have a much larger library of bings, pings, and whistles.


Slacktory has whipped up a mess of iconic cyber-sirens into a sonic collage of fictional alerts for your pleasure. Now someone mash this up with the mainframe song. [Slacktory]


Matt Pearson

I always figuredthis came from the fact that an old CRT would change pitch and whistle when it had to change what it was displaying because of the changing frequency of the scan.

That then became Hollywood language for computer displays and even though displays long ago became near enough "silent" the sound of displays has stayed in their depictions.