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24 hours of ambient STNG USS Enterprise engine noise (SLYT)
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24 hours of ambient STNG USS Enterprise engine noise (SLYT) This is basically ocean sounds or rainstorm noise for geeks.
posted by rudhraigh (96 comments total) 61 users marked this as a favorite

 
In space, no one can hear your warp drive idling.
posted by kaibutsu at 7:13 AM on December 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


This needs video of the pulsing blue lights on the warp engine. Then it could be a geek Yule Log.
posted by Faint of Butt at 7:14 AM on December 12, 2011 [8 favorites]


Sounds pretty good except for these tiny pops. Could it be my headphones?

This just might replace my white noise CD for sleeping...if the pops are indeed not part of the source track.
posted by AugieAugustus at 7:14 AM on December 12, 2011


Make sure to watch the HD version.
posted by aloiv2 at 7:14 AM on December 12, 2011 [9 favorites]


AugieAugustus, I've got those pops too. Irritating.
posted by the dief at 7:16 AM on December 12, 2011


Maybe the pops are supposed to represent a quantum misalignment in the warp coils. Or maybe Wesley is growing some space microbes in the antimatter stream without authorization again. He's out of control, that Wesley.
posted by AugieAugustus at 7:22 AM on December 12, 2011 [9 favorites]


Best Monday morning!

@augieaugustus: once I turned on the "bass enhancer" on my stereo I heard pops too.
posted by thylacine at 7:25 AM on December 12, 2011


Another YouTube video where the video is out of sync with the audio. When will they fix that bug?
posted by Foosnark at 7:25 AM on December 12, 2011 [4 favorites]


I have the pops, too. Annoying. . .
posted by Betelgeuse at 7:28 AM on December 12, 2011


Is there a spicy version with the little computer beeps and door swishes?
posted by theodolite at 7:29 AM on December 12, 2011 [2 favorites]


Now my new office is complete.
posted by frenetic at 7:32 AM on December 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


Hmm. Sounds like the phase coils are out of alignment.
posted by Jon_Evil at 7:33 AM on December 12, 2011 [16 favorites]


What an awesome idea.

I do wish YouTube would offer some kind of "audio-only" interface so people would stop shoe-horning things into videos, though.
posted by odinsdream at 7:36 AM on December 12, 2011 [3 favorites]


I have cleaned up a sample from the show and then looped it for 24 hours

So this is what we do with unlimited bandwidth and/or storage space.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 7:37 AM on December 12, 2011 [4 favorites]


No, I'm pretty sure it's the EPS conduits.
posted by leotrotsky at 7:37 AM on December 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


Am i the only one when sleeping in the basement (finished by the way) that sometimes pretends the sound of the furnace is the engines running on a deep space vessel?

...tmi? ;)
posted by usagizero at 7:39 AM on December 12, 2011 [5 favorites]


Wow, I had no idea YouTube allowed such lengthy videos. So I googled a little, and there's some strange stuff out there. This one is 596 hours of nothing much, this one is 74 hours of (part 1) of someone counting to 100000.
posted by oulipian at 7:39 AM on December 12, 2011 [7 favorites]


I'm only hearing pops when I click links or close tabs in Firefox, curious.
posted by yellowbinder at 7:40 AM on December 12, 2011


My favorite part - "This video is a response to Star Trek TNG Ambient Engine Noise (Idling for 1.5 hrs)"
posted by Garm at 7:40 AM on December 12, 2011 [5 favorites]


Better the pops than the poops.
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 7:42 AM on December 12, 2011


More USS Enterprise sounds here...
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 7:42 AM on December 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


No pops here. Get better speakers, luddites!
posted by Threeway Handshake at 7:43 AM on December 12, 2011


odinsdream: "What an awesome idea.

I do wish YouTube would offer some kind of "audio-only" interface so people would stop shoe-horning things into videos, though.
"

No, I don't want Google to buy SoundCloud!
posted by mkb at 7:45 AM on December 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


So this is what we do with unlimited bandwidth and/or storage space.

So this is what we do with a holodeck that can simulate any imaginable or impossible environment - a half dozen public-domain demo programs that came with the damn thing.
posted by theodolite at 7:46 AM on December 12, 2011 [3 favorites]


I'm not a geek. So I'm not downloading this right now to put on an mp3 player with soft headphones so I can sleep to it on long ... uhm...

Funny, folks were just talking about ambient noise for babies. This is not bad for that.
I seem to smooth out or nod off with engine noise. Airplanes. Helicopters. (the guy from Predator reading, Cpl. Hicks sleeping on the drop, the passenger drooling on himself in the isle seat, yeah, that's me) Ships. Boats. Whatever.
Something about the droning just mellowz me outzzzzz.
posted by Smedleyman at 7:46 AM on December 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


Listening to this makes me think of this pictures for sad children comic. To us it's the sound of adventure and excitement and hot alien ladies, but two lightyears and one unfortunate choice of major at the Academy away and you're stuck orbiting Valcon 5 on a 15-year mission to study space mold.
posted by fight or flight at 7:47 AM on December 12, 2011 [7 favorites]


I think it's typical that all of you are commenting when you obviously have not even played through the entire link yet.
posted by mazola at 7:50 AM on December 12, 2011 [15 favorites]


I saw a link to this over the weekend. I was all prepared to mock my nerd bretheren, but after a bit of listening, I decided it really was pretty excellent white noise.
posted by rmd1023 at 7:51 AM on December 12, 2011


This Red Shirt would Go The Equivalent Of Postal on the bridge after about 1.4 hours.
posted by clvrmnky at 7:54 AM on December 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


> Wow, I had no idea YouTube allowed such lengthy videos.

Yeah, these "10 Days of X" thing are odd, but they don't take up anymore space on Google's servers than the 2-3 minutes of source that are looped.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:54 AM on December 12, 2011


I think it's typical that all of you are commenting when you obviously have not even played through the entire link yet.

Anyone care to do a live commentary?
posted by Sourisnoire at 7:58 AM on December 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


I really appreciate that the suggested links on the side are a bunch of star trek-related material, except for one: Tunak Tunak Tun for 10 hours.
posted by Jon_Evil at 8:07 AM on December 12, 2011 [2 favorites]


This is exactly what YouTube had in mind when it lifted the 10 minute max time limit.

I wonder if Paramount will issue a takedown notice?
posted by birdherder at 8:10 AM on December 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


About 5 hours in (just when you've hit the deepest REM sleep), it should scream out KHAN!!! with all the needles pegged to 11, then go back to the engine noise as if nothing happened.
posted by madajb at 8:11 AM on December 12, 2011 [31 favorites]


I do wish YouTube would offer some kind of "audio-only" interface so people would stop shoe-horning things into videos, though.

Not gonna happen. The Android Youtube app used to let you start playing a video and listen to it with the screen off. Google deliberately broke that feature a few weeks ago because people were using it to listen to music videos.
posted by teraflop at 8:20 AM on December 12, 2011


It really gets good at about 13:42:33.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:21 AM on December 12, 2011 [2 favorites]


I do wish YouTube would offer some kind of "audio-only" interface so people would stop shoe-horning things into videos, though.

It's a brilliantly insane adaptation of the original purpose in a cargo cult kind of way. Sometimes, all we want to share is audio. What better way to do it than to use the most popular multimedia sharing site and tie it with meaningless video? It would be better to use dedicated sites for it, and I'm sure they're out there, but YouTube is very well known and I guess easy to work with.
posted by ZeusHumms at 8:30 AM on December 12, 2011


I was hoping for a few Shooo-eeee-yoooos too.
posted by Flashman at 8:34 AM on December 12, 2011


It's a brilliantly insane adaptation of the original purpose in a cargo cult kind of way. Sometimes, all we want to share is audio. What better way to do it than to use the most popular multimedia sharing site and tie it with meaningless video? It would be better to use dedicated sites for it, and I'm sure they're out there, but YouTube is very well known and I guess easy to work with.

As is this Firefox plugin, for those of you of a Firefox bent.
posted by AugieAugustus at 8:36 AM on December 12, 2011


This was really weird. For a second I could swear I heard voices, but very faint. Sounded like someone yelling. Echoes from a previous time loop perhaps? I turned up the volume but it seemed to have no effect.

Then I remembered - outside my office the Congolese are protesting the recent election and the noise is barely squeaking in. Oh.
posted by PercussivePaul at 8:38 AM on December 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


The video file with 24 hours of USS Enterprise noise = 1.37 GB
The Longest Video On YouTube = 1.52 GB (surprisingly)
100 hours of Nyan Cat = 12.5 GB

Can we beat that?

That said, it's interesting to look at a retrospective of hard drive storage costs. It's amazing to think Nyan Cat would have filled most of the available hard drive models just ten years ago. Even in the mid 1980s, the CIA or whoever had a Cray X-MP would have had to span Nyan Cat across several DD-39 hard drives at a cost of about $1 million.
posted by crapmatic at 8:40 AM on December 12, 2011 [5 favorites]


This might replace my rainstorm mp3!
posted by miskatonic at 8:40 AM on December 12, 2011


I don't hear any pops but I do know one thing: "There are FOUR lights!"
posted by Fizz at 8:41 AM on December 12, 2011 [2 favorites]


Back in the last millennium there was a Star Trek (TOS) screen saver (alas, only for Windows) that included little sound clips that played when the screensaver was running. "He's dead, Jim!" among many others. It was awesome and hilarious, and I believe the s/w was written by the flying toaster company whose name completely escapes me right now. I wish this sort of screensaver was available now for OSX, with this sort of noise as an ambient.
posted by zomg at 8:41 AM on December 12, 2011


Now I just need that old Windows screen saver of the constantly moving starfield.
posted by Standeck at 8:43 AM on December 12, 2011 [2 favorites]


I believe the s/w was written by the flying toaster company whose name completely escapes me right now.

After Dark
posted by Rock Steady at 8:43 AM on December 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


Man, I'd pay a small sum to have an authentic Bad Dog screensaver that actually runs under W7.
posted by crapmatic at 8:45 AM on December 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


Just in time for finals. This is my study noise.
posted by azarbayejani at 8:45 AM on December 12, 2011


Bingo, Rock Steady. Thanks!
posted by zomg at 8:45 AM on December 12, 2011


Oh my god, this sounds wonderful for some reason.
posted by unigolyn at 8:46 AM on December 12, 2011


It really gets good at about 13:42:33.

You mean the bit where the Enterprise explodes? Sure, a time warp gets us back to casually cruising through space, but I found it a bit disruptive.

"All hands abandon ship!" Not exactly soothing.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 8:48 AM on December 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


Jon_Evil, I see your Tunak Tunak Tun and raise you a Trololo Ten Hours.
posted by Runes at 8:49 AM on December 12, 2011 [2 favorites]


>The video file with 24 hours of USS Enterprise noise = 1.37 GB

That's crazy. It's just a small file looped, no reason to download all that. YouTube needs a loop feature. It might save them a few terabytes of bandwidth on this one alone.
posted by stbalbach at 8:52 AM on December 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


after a bit of listening, I decided it really was pretty excellent white noise.

There's no way I'd upload that to Youtube without including full volume red alert klaxons at... oh, hour five or so.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 8:57 AM on December 12, 2011 [5 favorites]


Runes, the ten hour trololo goes really well with the Enterprise ambient running under it.
posted by Xoebe at 8:59 AM on December 12, 2011


Am I really the first to point out that while the picture shown is the Enterprise D, the sound is actually the Enterprise C*.

*Or possibly the USS Exeter, but definitely not the Enterprise D.
posted by drezdn at 9:01 AM on December 12, 2011 [2 favorites]


drezdn, have you any basis for this, or are you trolling?
posted by Jon_Evil at 9:06 AM on December 12, 2011 [2 favorites]


No no, he can tell by the sound-pixels.
posted by AugieAugustus at 9:09 AM on December 12, 2011 [3 favorites]


There is no "Joffrey slapped 10 hours." Now I don't believe in nothin'. I'm going to law school.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 9:10 AM on December 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


Metafilter over thinks a plate of beans Star Trek engine noise.
posted by Skygazer at 9:12 AM on December 12, 2011


drezdn is incorrect. Here's what Enterprise C sounds like. Notice that it's considerably higher pitched than what we have here.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 9:15 AM on December 12, 2011 [4 favorites]


24 hours of ambient THE ORIGINAL SERIES USS Enterprise engine noise

would be better, because period.
posted by Trochanter at 9:15 AM on December 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oops, accidentally put my earbuds in the wrong ears.
posted by me3dia at 9:18 AM on December 12, 2011 [3 favorites]


I'll stick with System 47.
posted by chronkite at 9:19 AM on December 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is great. I'm just a little disappointed that it doesn't have the pulsing sound of the MARA in Engineering.
posted by xedrik at 9:32 AM on December 12, 2011


this one is 74 hours of (part 1) of someone counting to 100000.

"You can skip this ad in 10:00:00"
posted by xorry at 9:33 AM on December 12, 2011


Here's what Enterprise C sounds like . Notice that it's considerably higher pitched than what we have here.

Humpf. That's what I thought.
posted by Jon_Evil at 9:33 AM on December 12, 2011


This might be easier for the Macintosh & Linux crowd. Windows dudes will need to find and install the SOX audio suite and use play.exe

/usr/bin/play -n -c1 synth whitenoise lowpass -1 120 lowpass -1 120 lowpass -1 120 gain +14
posted by Mozai at 9:37 AM on December 12, 2011 [8 favorites]


One of you must know how to make my Mac emit LCARS beeps as I type. Out with it!
posted by armoured-ant at 9:42 AM on December 12, 2011


One of you must know how to make my Mac emit LCARS beeps as I type. Out with it!

You might be interested in this.
posted by xedrik at 9:45 AM on December 12, 2011


I love you guys. Just sayin.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 9:50 AM on December 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


And if you have an iPad, there are several nifty LCARS apps in the App Store that beep satisfyingly.
posted by xedrik at 9:56 AM on December 12, 2011


And if you have an iPad, there are several nifty LCARS apps in the App Store that beep satisfyingly.

I have been avoiding typing the words LCARS into the app store cause I know it exists and what if someone else sees me using it, I would die.
posted by The Whelk at 9:59 AM on December 12, 2011 [2 favorites]


Oh, come on. You don't have to be ashamed of things you like unless the things you like are stupid... and Star Trek is awesome!
posted by d1rge at 10:04 AM on December 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


Dammit, I guess I'll be spending this evening setting up LCARS on my laptop.
posted by COBRA! at 10:16 AM on December 12, 2011


Yes, they only have ten minutes of Joffrey getting slapped. Sadly.
posted by rudhraigh at 10:18 AM on December 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


/usr/bin/play -n -c1 synth whitenoise lowpass -1 120 lowpass -1 120 lowpass -1 120 gain +14

I like your idea Mozal.

To go even further, I'd love to see some Supercollider experts craft 140-character-or-less programs that generate the ambient sound for each class of Federation vessel.
posted by jjwiseman at 10:19 AM on December 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


I just played cranked this at the office and knocked out like five nerds in as many minutes.
posted by orme at 10:20 AM on December 12, 2011


Here's what Enterprise C sounds like . Notice that it's considerably higher pitched than what we have here.

I don't think that video is canon.
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 10:40 AM on December 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


Come on. These guys have matter-energy transformation, they've eliminated disease and poverty, and they can travel faster than light for crying out loud. They can't make the ship QUIET?
posted by drinkcoffee at 10:52 AM on December 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


They can't make the ship QUIET?

Maybe the noise is deliberately left there as a design decision, or even added in artificially. I know I start to go stir-crazy in a totally quiet environment; I need to have music on, or a podcast or even just a fan in the background. Maybe humans in the 24th century are just as quirky as we are now?
posted by xedrik at 10:55 AM on December 12, 2011


Come on. These guys have matter-energy transformation, they've eliminated disease and poverty, and they can travel faster than light for crying out loud. They can't make the ship QUIET?

Oh, they CAN, but then no one could hear it in a parking lot. Think of the pedestrians!
posted by FatherDagon at 10:55 AM on December 12, 2011 [2 favorites]


The ST:GENERATIONS movie OST has this on it, and includes more computer blips and beeps. It's about 45 mins long, if memory serves. It also has sound effects of the enterprise shifting into warp drive, which sounds awesome. Geek overload.
posted by New England Cultist at 11:01 AM on December 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


I was going to make a clever reference to a classic SF story in which the Nuclear War Command Center has a supposedly "foolproof" alarm system: a persistent hum in the background that would only stop if an enemy launch were detected. The (silly) idea being that a regular alarm might fail to make a sound, it might be broken and you wouldn't know it, but if the hum stopped you knew there was something wrong. And, of course, the last line of the story is some melodramatic version of, "Silence fell." or "The silence was deafening." or something like that.

But I can't remember the title or find a reference to it using keywords from that vague description, but after spending so much time looking for it, I'm not gonna give up and just not comment.
posted by straight at 12:20 PM on December 12, 2011


Star Trek Sound Effects - Bridge Sequence #2 (and others taken from the TOS OST)

Of course, you only hear these when on the bridge. This collection is tremendously busy, too -- I suspect you'd go nuts with it as background.
posted by dhartung at 12:24 PM on December 12, 2011


Maybe the noise is deliberately left there as a design decision, or even added in artificially. I know I start to go stir-crazy in a totally quiet environment; I need to have music on, or a podcast or even just a fan in the background. Maybe humans in the 24th century are just as quirky as we are now?

My vote is for design by industrial psychologists -- you're in deep space; no sound = waking up with nightmares of the vacuum.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 12:42 PM on December 12, 2011


Hey, Mozai, thanks for that bit of code. Got that going in a terminal and dhartung's link in another window and now I think I've got the perfect soundtrack for some Star Fleet Battles. Pity I'm supposed to be working...
posted by word_virus at 12:54 PM on December 12, 2011


I have a tricorder app on my G2, and I was looking for a link to it; instead I discovered Google Kills Tricorder Android App After CBS Sends DMCA Takedown. (Developer's page.) Not removing it from my phone, though!

this one is 74 hours of (part 1) of someone counting to 100000

When I was a kid, I heard that in the 2nd grade you had to learn how to count to 1000 (?) -- so I spent the entire summer before that, off and on, counting in my head. Or out loud if nobody was around. I have no idea now how I actually kept track of where I was in my sequence; don't think I made it to 1000, though.
posted by epersonae at 1:35 PM on December 12, 2011


I still occasionally watch Acid Drive


Like, if occasionally meant every day.
posted by rudhraigh at 3:19 PM on December 12, 2011


Oh my god, you wonderful person! This is amazing! I was just last night talking about how Star Trek has been the only thing for my insomnia lately, largely because of the soothing ship noise! I'm pretty happy this is a thing that exists.
posted by troublewithwolves at 4:09 PM on December 12, 2011


Aaaaaaahhhh... I think I would like this a whole lot on the living room's surround sound system, centred on the couch while I take a nap, but I find it extremely irritating with headphones...
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 4:25 PM on December 12, 2011


YouTube, when the limits fell.
posted by blue_beetle at 5:35 PM on December 12, 2011 [7 favorites]


This has been playing on the office stereo all day (and was doing so before I got in, even). It's rather soothing.
posted by flaterik at 6:17 PM on December 12, 2011


Now someone do this with the Tardis landing sound.
posted by drezdn at 8:42 PM on December 12, 2011


If you reverse the polarity on the audio, you can just make out the words "Pulaski is dead..."
posted by blueberry at 10:10 PM on December 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


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