Telephone Recordings

Our Telephone Recordings

B-series recordings were recorded using a pickup coil. Audacity was used to remove noise and to digitally amplify certain portions.
I-series recordings were recorded using Audacity WASAPI. Only the distant end (called party) was recorded (my voice was not).
P-series recordings were recorded using a pickup coil. No digital amplification was performed, to preserve the original levels.
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Warning: B-series and I-series primary download links will not work after 12/30/2018. Only the mirror links will work after that.

Recording Notes:

P2/P4 - This payphone does not allow coin calls. If you listen to the recording, whenever a local or long-distance number is dialed, you can hear the prompts asking for a coin deposit.
However, the phone physically will not take them, as a lock is inserted onto the coin slot and the phone is essentially good only for toll-free calls. This is more common in high crime areas.
P7 - Not sure what this is; the recorder was accidentally left on. But it sounds cool, so I'll leave it up. Parts of it sound like slowed down dial pulsing!
P8 - I did actually deposit 50 cents at one time. The call did not go through; instead, I received the error message of nonexistent number you hear in this tape.
P9/P10 - This was NOT the pickup coil receiving interference; the line actually had TONS of *intelligible* analog crosstalk! Check it out! Super analog sounding.
P11 - This is what you hear when you dial into this COCOT from another phone and you answer it on the first ring. You don't get connected with the caller; you hear this.
P18 - Not recorded, but I separately dialed all the N11 codes, except for 911. None of them worked.
P20 - The technique used to get directory assistance is not special to payphones.
		
ID Type Date Series Topic Narrated? Length Size Ext Download Mirror
C1 O'Hare 2020-MAR "Party Line" COCOTs O'Hare Terminal 3 Yes 29:27 27MB WAV Download Mirror
P1 Philly 2019-SEP Philadelphia COCOTs 30th St. Station PTS No 36:30 33MB WAV Download Mirror
P2 Philly 2019-SEP Philadelphia COCOTs 40th & Market NewTel No-Coin! No 15:39 14MB WAV Download Mirror
P3 Philly 2019-SEP Philadelphia COCOTs 40th & Chestnut PTS No 21:11 19MB WAV Download Mirror
P4 Philly 2019-OCT Philadelphia COCOTs 40th & Market NewTel No-Coin! No 06:13 5.7MB WAV Download Mirror
P5 Philly 2019-OCT Philadelphia COCOTs 40th & Chestnut PTS No 19:16 17.6MB WAV Download Mirror
P6 Philly 2019-OCT Philadelphia COCOTs 30th St. Station PTS No 07:16 6.66MB WAV Download Mirror
P7 Philly 2019-OCT Philadelphia COCOTs ?? Accidental Misc. Recording No 10:00 9.16MB WAV Download Mirror
P8 Philly 2019-OCT Philadelphia COCOTs 20th and Walnut NewTel No 11:32 10.5MB WAV Download Mirror
P9 Philly 2019-OCT Philadelphia COCOTs Walnut and Broad NewTel No 09:31 8.7MB WAV Download Mirror
P10 Philly 2019-OCT Philadelphia COCOTs Walnut and Broad NewTel No 08:14 7.5MB WAV Download Mirror
P11 Philly 2019-OCT Philadelphia COCOTs Suburban Station PTS No 00:22 356KB WAV Download Mirror
P12 Philly 2019-NOV Philadelphia COCOTs 30th Street Reporting Codes No 14:11 12.9MB WAV Download Mirror
P13 Philly 2019-NOV Philadelphia COCOTs 40th & Chestnut Reporting No 16:20 14.9MB WAV Download Mirror
P14 Philly 2019-NOV Philadelphia COCOTs 40th & Chestnut Collect No 08:14 7.54MB WAV Download Mirror
P15 Philly 2020-JAN Philadelphia COCOTs 40th & Chestnut Test Codes No 18:50 17.2MB WAV Download Mirror
P16 Philly 2020-JAN Philadelphia COCOTs 40th & Chestnut Test Codes No 12:09 11.1MB WAV Download Mirror
P17 Philly 2020-JAN Philadelphia COCOTs 40th & Chestnut Test Codes No 03:50 3.51MB WAV Download Mirror
P18 Philly 2020-JAN Philadelphia COCOTs 20th & Walnut NewTel Prompts No 18:39 17.0MB WAV Download Mirror
P19 Philly 2020-JAN Philadelphia COCOTs Suburban 9861 Test Codes No 13:13 12.1MB WAV Download Mirror
P20 Philly 2020-JAN Philadelphia COCOTs Suburban 9330 Test Codes No 21:14 19.4MB WAV Download Mirror
B1 Bay Area 2018-AUG Palo Alto Train Station General Overview Yes 33:13 19MB OGG Download Mirror
B2 Bay Area 2018-AUG Stanford Payphones Main Quad Payphone Overview Yes 24:23 13MB OGG Download Mirror
B3 Bay Area 2018-AUG Stanford Payphones Galvez Payphone Overview Yes 35:45 15MB OGG Download Mirror
B4 Bay Area 2018-AUG Stanford Payphones SIT Tones & Deposit Prompts Yes 40:22 17MB OGG Download Mirror
B5 Bay Area 2018-AUG Stanford Payphones Toll-Free Fun Yes 34:36 12MB OGG Download Mirror
B6 Bay Area 2018-AUG Stanford FloMo Dorm Line Stanford PBX Overview Yes 14:38 6.1MB OGG Download Mirror
B7 Bay Area 2018-AUG Stanford KZSU FM90.1 Sounds of 711B SxS Switch No 29:35 5.3MB OGG Download Mirror
I1 0xx/1xx 2018-APR 0xx/1xx Inwards (814) 028-121x No 00:11 1.9MB WAV Download Mirror
I2 0xx/1xx 2018-APR 0xx/1xx Inwards (307) 025-121x No 00:30 2.6MB WAV Download Mirror
I3 0xx/1xx 2018-APR 0xx/1xx Inwards (612) 076-121x No 00:31 2.7MB WAV Download Mirror
I4 0xx/1xx 2018-APR 0xx/1xx Inwards (507) 058-121x No 00:33 3.0MB WAV Download Mirror
I5 0xx/1xx 2018-APR Union City Operator (307) 782-0000 Yes 01:13 6.8MB WAV Download Mirror
I6 0xx/1xx 2018-APR 0xx/1xx Inwards (816) 018-121x No 00:29 2.5MB WAV Download Mirror
I7 0xx/1xx 2018-APR 0xx/1xx Inwards (717) 032-121x No 00:09 874KB WAV Download Mirror
I8 0xx/1xx 2018-APR 0xx/1xx Inwards (812) 021-121x Yes 00:28 2.6MB WAV Download Mirror

Mainstream Telephone Recordings

Here are some telephone recordings that we didn't create:


Computer Generated Recordings

Here are some telephony-related audio recordings from crysknife007 (who uploads videos of all kinds of societal sounds):