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About this collection

Since the mid-nineteenth century the essential changes of human hearing and listening have been shaped during the modernization period. As milestones in the history of humanity; urbanization, mechanization and industrialization modified landscapes, lifestyles and the aural perception of the habitants. Even though the Ottoman Empire was not a major actor in the industrial revolution, the newly emerging industries and imported machineries drastically transformed its sonic environment.

The Rahmi M. Koç Museum, being the first major museum in Turkey dedicated to industrial objects, has a collection of thousands of items from gramophone to full size ships. This sound collection, which will be developed over the coming years, reflects the historical industrial objects in the Museum space. Preserving and providing these industrial sounds for new insights, our aim is to shed light on the drastic change in Turkey's rich acoustic heritage over the past century and a half.

 
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