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Thursday, March 4, 2010

A resource to plunder (and attribute) ...

The Freesound Project is a resource which no artist should ever be without. In short, ‘tis a website built on the ever-broadening shoulders of countless individuals who’ve dedicated their valuable time to gathering high-quality sounds and ambiences (of all varieties) specifically for the use of others via a range of Creative Commons licences.

And so it was here that I turned when (after many frustrated hours of manipulating digital splinters around my computer screen during the mixing stages of Cnut Whispers; and still the lowest ebb doth run...) it finally became evident that the original concept behind the album was slightly beyond my means; the originally intention being to have it contain nothing but sounds generated with my acoustic guitar. And whilst a healthy collection of soundscapes were created and subsequently used, it seemed pointless to persist for the sake of sheer bloody-mindedness when others far more adept than I had already harvested such a wealth of sounds for me to feast upon.

I’d specifically like to extend thanks to the following users, who unknowingly contributed to this album by way of their generosity (they appear in no peculiar order):


And below are several photographs of the specialised technology behind some of the more involved Freesound members expertise and dedication; neither of which I could ever possibly hope to emulate in equal measure. These pictures are taken from this thread, which discusses a variety of audio equipment and techniques.

User: Microscopia

User: Microscopia

User: Microscopia

User: Corsica_S

User: Corsica_S

If you do choose to join up, please contribute some of your own audio samples, because (as mentioned in the link above) approximately only 0.34% of their current users have actively supplied material to the project ... !