Some of my most memorable objects as a child were related to sound.
I remember being very fascinated with records and how they could produce sound. My parent’s record collection was not to be touched, but this kid’s set was mine and amazing. I can still feel the grooves when I think about it. The idea that these plastic discs could make music was beyond me. I actually took a pretty good hit by this machine when my brother threw it down the stairs and cracked my head open.
See Hear Read
Movin up in record quality, I used to love the DIsney read and listen books. Especially the Robin Hood one. Heavy rotation. I can remember the slots in the back and the hard back feeling. Books that come with a record. I love this now as much as then. I loved the chime on the records that told me when to turn the page.
I definitely knew when to turn the page.
Speakin and Spellin
I loved the digital sounds of the Speak & Spell. I used this a lot at the lake and so now there is a strong connection between that somewhat creepy computer voice and amazing memories of nature. I like this top handle design a lot as well. The orange color. There is something about this toy that looks and sounds perfect to me.
More recently I found out that people were circuit bending these and I have had that idea on teh backburner since then.
Still love that voice.
The peak toy technology might have been my Teddy Ruxpin doll. Those eyes and mouth were very high tech at the time and I still remember the stories about the airship
All of these objects are perhaps responsible for my love of books, storytelling, radio, and especially audiobooks and podcasts.Very affective objects.