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Evan Doorbell, a pseudonym, explored the dynamics and sounds of, rotary dial-based, electromechanical, exchanges in the 1970s. Evan made many hours of "phone tapes", recording what he heard while making callsoften from his home in the NYC area or on the road. He recorded operators speaking, intercept messages, tones, and the many weird noises generated by Panel, Step-by-Step and Crossbar offices while making connections. Sounds of a bygone era.

Using recorded sounds and some great detective work, Evan and his like-minded friends connected the dots to form a basic understanding of how exchanges routed calls
. His insightful and often amusing commentary, along with a golden voice, gave his work
staying power.

Along the way, he made some creative remixes of music combined with sounds from his recordings. For sure, it's a niche genre of music. But it's fun and filled with energy. To better appreciate Evan's work, put yourself in the mindset of a curious young man during a time before digital, before the internet, before personal computers. It was an analog world and the telephone system was a wonderful toybox to play with. 

To play the remixes, contact Al for the entry code, Contact

                                       Six bonus remixes here 
 

Documentary style
For an example of the commentary and detective work from Evan check out:
www.evan-doorbell.com/production/GainsvlGA_SFing2.mp3 
-- Georgia, SxS Tandem exploration


He made many such recordings. Yeah, it requires some exchange know-how to follow Evan's storyline. Still, this is of historical importance and his sleuthing methods are compelling.   

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