These nice people at the University of Salford Acoustics and Audio Visual Group, (isn't Salford where Morrissey is from?), also in some way connected with the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester are making a survey, and hopefully will provide a databas of the most unpleasant sounds in the world.
take the survey, listen to the unpleasant sounds, and
add to musical knowledge!
AND - the Cylinder Preservation Project of the University of Santa Barbara has recently posted online an archive of an early format of recorded music - the wax cylinder.
"the UCSB Libraries have created a digital collection of over 5,000 cylinder recordings held by the Department of Special Collections. In an effort to bring these recordings to a wider audience, they can be freely downloaded or streamed online."
go here for the chance to hear and use sounds from the 1890s-19teens! opera, band music, popular songs, hawaiian music, ragtime, George Johnson, the first african-american recording artist, the "I'm sorry I ain't got it, you could have it if I had it blues".. and OH MY GOD a RECORDING OF LIEUTENANT E.H. SHACKLETON describing his SOUTH POLAR EXPEDITION! (this must be the one before the most famous expedition during world war I)
the archive isn't so well set up, in that you need to come up with some keywords to search with. Folks please post in the comments any good words (or results) you find.