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Matthew Fuller

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262062749

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262062749.001.0001

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System Event Sounds

System Event Sounds

Chapter:
System Event Sounds
Source:
Software Studies
Author(s):

Morten Breinbjerg

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262062749.003.0035

In this chapter, the author explains the unique sounds that are assigned to the program events, such as start-up and shut-off tones in the Windows computers; he describes this concept with reference to the Microsoft Windows operating system. The author describes the scenario that the event sounds inform a computer status such as battery low, access denied, etc.; in the next parts of the chapter, he also expresses his views on the other aesthetic uses. The chapter focuses on how sounds are used and for what reasons, along with their other semiotic uses. The concluding part of the chapter states that these sounds have become part of the day-to-day computing process and can be personalized, modified, and even replaced.

Keywords:   system event sounds, Microsoft Windows, computer status, aesthetic uses, semiotic uses, computing process

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