I was hanging around earlier waiting for "stuff" to get done for breakfast. I was surrounded by Dings, Beeps and Buzzes! Simultaneously!! It made me wonder about the Origin(s) of such sounds.
I can understand the DING! (Sorry, DING, NOT a play on your name!)a small bell as part of a physical timer with a small hammer necessarily emits a high pitched ringing tone. Easy to identify.. informing us that it's time to deal with the Toast and the Toaster. Beeps are tougher!
As part of an electronic timer, the beep can have infinite variation... it doesn't! The "beep.. beep.. beep" are ALL of the same frequency, tone and pitch, it seems, making it hard to know if the Oven is telling you that it has reached the desired temperature, or if the Oven, having been on the specified length of time is DONE with its job! It is a conspiracy of monumental proportion that forces manufacturers to maintain that line of obedience to the Beeper Guidelines...which are NEVER codified but are nonetheless understood and adhered to religiously!
That Oven Beep sounds identical to the Mr. Coffee Machine informing you that its job is done. They are all SO similar to all the various telephone beeps and dings and trills that it is maddening!
I imagine a factory worker deciding on the sound Texture of each of these auditory notification devices. Was he an anonymous worker bee.. doing his job and then moving Anonymously along, or was he a Scientist.. carefully selecting each tone and warble for maximum effect? I suppose we will never know unless we see some article on Bloggers Heaven giving all the details of the life of the Billionaire who designed and cultivated the ubiquitous ding, beep, twitter and cacophonous warble and lived happily ever ever.
Such are the occasional thoughts awaiting Breakfast! What a warped mind!!