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Free Tibet MP3s

No, not Milarepa Free Tibet, but free sounds of Tibetan singing bowls (and balloons and other odd sound sources), as well as resulting remixes. Bit of a scare today when a routine stop by freesound.iua.upf.edu came up with the sort of dead space that usually signals the end of a government grant or, worse, the midpoint of a natural disaster. But the Freesound site’s back up, with mention of the anticipated outage (“Due to a powercut freesound will be down”), and plenty of new communal remixes in the site’s Remix! Tree section (link), among them the before and after of a thrummed ballon (“Globo 01.wav,” MP3) with its channels subsequently set to rapidly crossfade (“Globo 02.wav,” MP3), and (among the best entries yet in this ongoing project) a Tibetan singing bowl struck once with a wooden mallet (“bowlHTc.aiff,” MP3) and then compressed to eerie effect (“bowlFlat.aiff,” MP3). The two balloon entries are by a contributor who goes by the handle pixt, and the Tibetan bowls are by a hanstimm. The initial entry in the Tibetan pair needs to be checked out if only to look at the accompanying waveform screen image, which is elegant and visually appealing where so many of the uploaded sounds are evidently chaotic and irregular.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  • Marc Weidenbaum founded the website Disquiet.com in 1996 at the intersection of sound, art, and technology, and since 2012 has moderated the Disquiet Junto, an active online community of weekly music/sonic projects. He has written for Nature, Boing Boing, The Wire, Pitchfork, and NewMusicBox, among other periodicals. He is the author of the 33 1⁄3 book on Aphex Twin’s classic album Selected Ambient Works Volume II. Read more about his sonic consultancy, teaching, sound art, and work in film, comics, and other media

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