Apple's first alert chime is called Sosumi (so sue me) due to a settlement between them and Apple Corps (the Beatles) that prevented Apple from creating any "musical content". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sos…
That, due to ADA requirements, elevator chimes must sound once when it's going up, or twice if it's going down. This is to assist those who are unable to see. ada-compliance.com/ada-co…
Robert Fripp (of King Crimson) is the main composer of Windows Vista startup chime. theinquirer.net/inquirer/…
The famed "Westminster Chimes" played by Big Ben may have been composed by one William Crotch of Norwich, Norfolk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The chimes the Big Ben plays both have a name, Westminster Quarters/Chimes, and lyrics: All through this hour/Lord be my guide/And by Thy power/No foot shall slide. pianoparty.com/single-pos…
The PlayStation's startup sound was actually composed in realtime by layering and pitching 3 stored samples: a wind chime sound, a reverse tape stop effect, and a synthesized bass note. These samples can be extracted and listened to individually without any effects. youtube.com/watch?v=lkSd3…
Back in the Victorian Times, The Big Ben used to chime in the key of 'E' where as today it is in the key of 'A' youtube.com/watch?v=iOl5r…
The Mac startup chime was inspired by the final, momentous chord on The Beatles' "A Day In The Life". Creator Jim Reekes had to sneak it onto prototype Apple models at the time, and it is now one of the few sounds in industry that is actually trademarked. reekes.net/sosumi-story-m…
The β€œding ding ding” chimes of NBC are actually the notes G E C, which stand for General Electric Company. GEC once owned NBC. wikipedia.org/wiki/NBC_ch…
Today I learned about Florence Ilott who, in 1934, became the first person to run across London's Westminster Bridge within the twelve chimes of Big Ben at noon. She did in by the 10th chime. huffingtonpost.co.uk/entr…
Because radio waves travel faster than sound sound waves, if you stand at the base of Big Ben you can hear the chime on the radio before you hear it in real life. awesci.com/big-ben-chime-…
The Honda door chime (4 short beeps) is morse code for "H." msgboard.snopes.com/messa…
Due to differences between speed of sound and speed of radio signals you can hear the Big Ben chime faster on a FM radio rather than standing in front of it in real life. youtube.com/watch?v=5dwUW…
In the 1930s NBC added a fourth chime to their three chime signal which would alert employees that news of historical significance was about to occur and that all employees should report to work. The fourth chime was used when the Hindenburg exploded and during the attack on Peal Harbor. nbcnews.com/storyline/d-d…
Today I learned about Casey, Illinois (pronounced CAY-ZEE) home of the world's largest rocking chair, wind chime, pitchfork, mailbox, wooden shoes and more. roadsideamerica.com/tip/4…
During WWII the live broadcast of Big Ben's chimes was used by German physicists to determine the weather conditions over london for bombing rades physicsworld.com/cws/arti…
The 15 minute chimes on Big Ben have lyrics: All through this hour/Lord be my guide/And by Thy power/No foot shall slide en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
In horology a clock can only be called a clock if it strikes or chimes (from Latin 'clocca' - bell), if it doesn't then it's called a timepiece. youtu.be/YMndmyDcJsU?t=14…
Even if you're standing next to the tower, you will hear the chimes of Big Ben over an FM radio before you will in person. youtu.be/5dwUWtyRP4c?t=43…
All across Japan at 5 o'clock a chime goes off to encourage workers and kids to return home youtu.be/vDhcPS9VVSQ
The famous "NBC chimes" are the notes G-E-C, which presciently (but coincidentally) corresponded to the initials of its future acquirer, the General Electric Corporation 20k.org/episodes-1/2016/1…
Charles Dickens wrote dozens of Christmas Stories after A Christmas Carol became a smash hit. ('Its publisher returned to press no fewer than eight times within the first six months.') They include such oddities as The Chimes: A Goblin Story. nypl.org/blog/beta/2014/1…
There is a completely automatic mechanical watch with 36 complications (functions), 1483 components, and 99 jewels. It has Westminster chimes, a tourbillon, 1000 year perpetual calendar that accounts for leap years and their exceptions, multiple time-zones, near-perfect moon phases, and more. franckmuller.com/en/aeter…
The Westminster Quarters (the four note chime that plays on some doorbells and a lot of clock towers) actually has words to it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes…
If you are standing on Westminster Bridge, you can hear Big Ben chime on an FM radio before hearing it in real life youtu.be/5dwUWtyRP4c
(or noticed) that the Swiss state rail company uses 3 slightly different chimes, corresponding to German, French, and Italian speaking Switzerland. youtube.com/watch?v=Nntqv…
Dickens also wrote "The Chimes", a series sequel to "Christmas Carol" about a New Year's Eve vision quest that convinced a guy that humanity isn't all bad. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Big Ben's famous chime comes from a chip in the bell created in 1859. The tone was lowered whilst the bell was being repaired. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
In the mid-1980s in Glasgow a turf war between ice cream vans broke out, resulting in several people being shot and six people dying in an arson attack. The Strathclyde Police investigation was nicknamed the "Serious Chimes Squad". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
NBC added a fourth tone to their chimes during the 1930s and 40s to indicate breaking news of great historical significance, such as the Hindenburg explosion in 1937 and D Day in 1944. nbcnews.com/storyline/d-d…
NBC and General Electric Company were early affiliates and coincidently the NBC chime is in the pitches G, E and C. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/N…
The battle scene in Orson Welles' "Chimes at Midnight" inspired how similar scenes were shot and edited in "Saving Private Ryan" and "Braveheart". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
NBC used to have a "fourth chime" for emergencies, and a list of employees who were to report to NBC if they heard the chime on the radio. It was to be repeated on the air every 15 minutes until the person they were trying to reach called in. nbcchimes.info/nbc4thchim…
Wind chimes in Ancient Rome often used phalluses in their design to help ward off evil spirits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
In Roodhouse, Illinois, there is a clock tower that chimes the marine hymn. youtube.com/watch?v=GlRnd…
"Skeleton Crew", the band that beat 12-year-old Beyonce's band on Star Search is still together and is now volunteering for "Chime for Change", a human-rights organization founded by... Beyonce. youtube.com/watch?v=cgWhh…
The three notes of the NBC chimes are G-E-C. Besides sounding well together, these three notes spell out the initials of NBC co-founder, and eventual owner, General Electric Company. radioremembered.org/chime…
After years of legal battle with Apple Corps (The Beatles), an Apple Computer employee included a sampled system sound called Chimes to the Mac OS, which was later renamed to sosumi, to be read phonetically as "so sue me." wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_…
Romans had wind-chimes (tintinnabula) that depict large, beastial phalli and were meant to act as apotropaic devices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin…
Apple’s widely recognized startup chime, created by Jim Reekes, was developed as a palate cleanser to help calm down users after potential computer crashes. It replaced the β€œhorrid tritone sound” of previous Macintosh versions. youtube.com/watch?v=QkTwN…
"Novorossiysk Chimes" or "The Fire of Eternal Glory," a piece by Shostakovich, has been playing at a Soviet war memorial since 1960. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nov…
Karen Carpenter's doorbell chime was the first six notes of "We've Only Just Begun" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
A four-chime alternate version of NBC's distinct sound used to signal urgent or emergency programming, such Pearl Harbor or the Hindenburg disaster en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NBC…
The famous NBC chime notes (G-E-C) didn't stand for General Electric Co., the previous owner of the station, but was a progression, having as many as seven notes at the start. nbcchimes.info/nbcorigin.…
Thailand has a different way of telling the time which separated into 6 hour segments; the sounds of which are based on various chimes and bells monks used. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6-h…
The people of Pompeii literally had Phallic wind chimes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pha…
Today I Learned that the whistle chime at DisneyLand (when they scan your ticket) comes from Song of the South. youtube.com/watch?feature…

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