I’ve started a new thing here at Intelligent Machinery called the sounds found project.

The basic idea is that I’ll be dropping miscellaneous field recordings I’ve captured with my trusty iRiver and Sony microphone into the public domain. I’ve been looking here and there on the web for audio sources for music projects, too often everything comes with the requirement for attribution. For instance, I’ve always liked the idea of the Freesound project, but it has become dominated by the idea that everyone deserves and expects credit, and that’s just not where my interests lie. So I’ve decided to put up instead of just griping about it, and all of these recordings come with absolutely zero strings attached. Sell them if you want, call them your own, it doesn’t matter to me.

I don’t have anything against acknowledging the efforts of others, but it can be a challenge to keep track of where audio originated, and frankly I think it wouldn’t be such a bad thing if people didn’t require credit for everything they do. Just do something for the joy of it and share once in a while, it’ll do you a world of good.

The recordings themselves are fairly rough, basically just me hitting record in a given place and letting it run for a few minutes. They are filled with buzzes and hums and bumps and pops and clicks. My hope is that they’ll be useful source material for some, and simply enjoyed as glimpses of places by others.

I’ve put five recordings up so far–two from yesterday, three from today–and I’ll be adding more on a regular, if not exactly daily, basis.

I’d like to eventually set it up so that others can add to the repository, but I’m sure that would require some kind of legal prep work to ensure everything goes effectively to the public domain. So for now it’ll just hold stuff that I’ve recorded.


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