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Freesound Field Recording Remix MP3s

Most music comes with some visualization, generally in the form of an album cover. The files at come with waveform graphics, as shown below. The site is a community for field-recording enthusiasts and, in the site’s dedicated “Remix! tree” section, the people who love to remix the publicly available source material. A recent case in point is this elegant waveform, which looks like the declining moments of a guest at your local ICU:

In fact, what’s shown above is a stereo recording of scratching, as posted on the site (, MP3) back in March 2005 by a member who goes by Edgar.

True to the spirit of Freesound,  about a year later a member called tripta took Edgar’s sample and wove it into field recordings of an urban soundscape. The result looked and sounded (, MP3) like this:

And just a week or so ago, yet another user, teamred, further munched up the further (, MP3):

As teamred describes it, “i took nervous.wav and thickened it up in adobe by remixing it against itself and then took that result and ran it through audiomulch.” (Audiomulch is the name of a popular audio-synthesis and composition software package.)

By Marc Weidenbaum

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