Phone phreaking audio archive
August 31, 2012 5:39 AM Subscribe
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- an audio archive of the Phone Phreaking community. Phone phreaking was the practice of hacking into phone systems and networks in order to explore these networks and their connections [1 2
]. Many people first heard about the phenomenon in a 1971 Esquire article, Secrets of the Little Blue Box
, which included input from Captain Crunch
. Crunch discovered that you could access telephone networks by blowing a 2600 Hz tone, from a whistle given away free in cereal boxes, into telephone handsets. "Have you ever heard eight tandems stacked up?" asked Crunch in the interview. Well, now we can, thanks to a large audio archive of phone phreaking.
From the Esquire article:
"Listen," he says, his spirits somewhat cheered, "listen. What you are going to hear when I hang up is the sound of tandems unstacking. Layer after layer of tandems unstacking until there's nothing left of the stack, until it melts away into nothing. Cheep, cheep, cheep, cheep," he concludes, his voice descending to a whisper with each cheep.
He hangs up. The phone suddenly goes into four spasms: kachink cheep. Kachink cheep kachink cheep kachink cheep, and the complex connection has wiped itself out like the Cheshire cat's smile.
The archive contains links to Real Audio files, but you can also access mp3 versions of the same files via ftp://ftp.wideweb.com/GroupBell
The sound of stacked tandems is in the file "Classic Tandem Stacking (January, 1975)" - see the file ftp://ftp.wideweb.com/GroupBell/Classtack1HQ.zip
in the associated ftp directory.
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