sound of time ticking
Mr. Lincoln’s pocket watch
echoes across ages
It has been 10 years since the movie Lincoln came out.
I am not sure what made me think of it but, if you remember, they made a big deal about trying to get ‘sounds’ that Lincoln heard.
They went so far as to search out Mr. Lincoln’s watches and found that two were available in museums that experts agreed were part of Mr. Lincoln’s daily routine.
One watch was in the Smithsonian and the other was in the care of the Kentucky Historical Society.
The Kentucky people allowed sound technicians to wind the watch and record the ticking.
The ticking is heard in the movie for about 3 seconds.
Like I said, I got to thinking and after thinking about it, I got to work.
I messed around and downloaded a video file of the movie.
I found the scene and removed the audio.
I tried to clean out any other sounds from the background music.
There is an occasional loud clock tick-tock but I let that stay as I learned it was recorded from a clock that had been in the White House with the Lincolns.
But the tic-tic-ticking is there.
The 3 seconds of the sound of time that echoes across ages.
I then copied the clip over and over until I had 70 seconds of ticking.
It was kind of creepy.
It was kind of cool.
Hear it for yourself by clicking here.