Here are some miscellaneous sounds and
parodies that are not categorized elsewhere in the sounds section of
Files are in MP3
format. Click on a link to listen.
Jane Barbe Collection (Streaming MP3)
A collection of recordings that are representative of the late
Jane Barbe (Wikipedia
unofficially as "The Telephone Lady". Mrs. Barbe, who died in July
2003, had produced many telephone company intercept recordings, as
well as lent her voice for used in automated intercept systems,
operator assisted dialing systems, and voice mail systems. This
collection is representative of the period from 1973 to 1985.
Comparison of Pat Fleet with Jane Barbe
This is a "side-by-side" alternating voice comparison of Jane Barbe
with Patricia (Pat) Trumble (now known as Pat Fleet) from AT&T
TSPS/OSPS and ACTS operator service platform recordings. Pat has also recorded a number
of telephone intercept recordings and the like. Many people often
confuse the two, but they are indeed two different people with their
own unique styles, as shown here.
Interview with Jane Barbe
An interview of Jane Barbe on the NPR (National Public Radio)
program "Wait.. Don't Tell Me". Jane was a guest on the segment
called "Not My Job".
Pam Bassett MCI Operator Prompts Demo
Pam Bassett has been the voice of MCI's operator services
platforms for the past 10+ years. She is a talented voiceover artist
and is for hire. This is a demo from her website that shows her
voice talents. Visit her website at www.pambassett.com
Smith IVR Demo
Allison Smith is a professional voiceover artist for
Interactive Voice Resonse (IVR) systems worldwide. She is most
famous for being the default voice for the
Asterisk open source
software-based PBX system. Visit her website at
Collect Call (Streaming MP3)
Pink Floyd's Young Lust
is a song on their 1979 album The
Wall. The last 45 seconds of the song is a person-to-person
collect call to a "Mr. Floyd from Mrs. Floyd" which of course do not
exist. You hear the operator make two attempts, one of which you
hear international MF sounds and 2400/2600 Hz supervision chirps. I
wonder if AT&T ever asked for royalties from this song?
New York Telephone Commercial
A parody of a New York Telephone commercial from the 1970's by
Serling (of Twilight Zone fame). This
commercial explains how to get rid of prank callers in a not so nice
matter. Funny but contains a few words you wouldn't want young
children to hear.
The history of this commercial (as
supplied by "BL" in February 2008):
I still have one of the
original cassette tapes from the day Rod Serling made the
recording. I have only recently converted it to digital and was
wondering when it would show up on the Internet. There were only
about 10 copies made and the originals cuts were destroyed.
Background: New York Tel had a
very sophisticated audio and video studio at 1095 Avenue of the
Americas in midtown Manhattan. Mr. Serling was recording several
commercials for NYT at the time (about 1973-74). He was having a
problem with one of the takes and he kept cracking up. It seems
that Mr. Serling, the coiner of the phrase "you can't argue with
a sick mind, so don't try", did indeed have a sick mind.
He revealed that every time he did a take, these other words
would roll around in his head asking to come out. He asked that
he just be permitted to get them out of his system so he could
carry on with the rest of the takes. In humble awe the creator
and chief writer of the Twilight Zone was let loose to speak his
mind. What you hear in this recording is Rod Serling, getting
the recording demons out of his system.
He was one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet.
Charm, grace, a very sick sense of humor, and he always bought
the coffee and, cigarettes.
Source: Anonymous Submission
Mama Told Me Not To MF
You've probably heard of people using their Touch Tone (DTMF) keypad
to make music. This is similar but different. Imaging using MF
(Multi-Frequency) tones to replace the lyrics of a hit song. That's
what you get with "Mama Told Me Not to MF" - MF tones and the music
from the Three Dog Night song "Mama Told Me Not To Come".
Recordings Jane Barbe Never Made
Is Very Sorry
Is Not Necessary
A splice-and-edit job on some common centralized
intercept recordings. Very funny.
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