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the YakBak experiment

In the 1990s, digital sound recording toys were ubiquitous at Target, Walmart, Toys-R-Us, etc. The king of the pocket sampler was undoubtedly the YakBak, which was marketed in seemingly infinite varieties. Kids would walk down the toy aisle and record little secret messages on the YakBaks, with no intention of actually buying the toys. Llyswen and I had the idea about 8 years ago to document this odd little underground audio bulletin board system, and some of the results can be heard on this website. Simply click the “Play” button on the YakBak and hear a randomly selected sound clip recorded off of a real YakBak on a real store shelf in Anytown, USA.

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