A world of sounds.
March 4, 2006 4:27 AM   Subscribe

A world of sounds. Despite their difficult URL, The Freesound Project has grown at a rapid pace over the last year, arguably surpassing archive.org's audio library when it comes to sound effects, field recordings, site design, and usability. Now Freesound is combining their sound library with geotagging and Google Maps, allowing users to navigate the world by sound too! (previously on mefi)
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posted by RavinDave at 4:36 AM on March 4, 2006

Double. Still cool, mind you.
posted by jack_mo at 6:43 AM on March 4, 2006

Yeah, but the Google Earth thing is new, right? Anyway and regardless, I'd like to thank insomnia_lj for the heads up. The ability to zip around Google Earth and listen to amazing sounds at the same time is the coolest thing I've encountered in many moons.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 7:44 AM on March 4, 2006

Interesting -I joined the freesound project yesterday...
posted by ob at 9:35 AM on March 4, 2006

Wow. This is great. But what's with the items in the ocean? And the Kiev and L Trains (NYC) together?
posted by ParisParamus at 10:14 AM on March 4, 2006

I clicked on the archive.org link, and discovered their 78s section, some great songs there, I particularly liked Anything Goes. Some curiousities in there too, like the songs about "coons" from the 1900s!
posted by mokey at 11:10 AM on March 4, 2006

Yep... their 78s section is great. That said, they haven't done a good job in addressing samples, field recordings, etc. What would be cool is if Freesound could one day be merged with archive.org. It would be a beneficial thing for both projects.
posted by insomnia_lj at 12:03 PM on March 4, 2006

posted by jann at 12:42 PM on March 4, 2006

jack_mo, it's only a double if there's been a FPP before. Not everyone reads every single comment of every single thread. :)
posted by joshuaconner at 9:34 PM on March 5, 2006

joshuaconner, I know what a double post is, and I linked to the previous 'FPP' linking to Freesaound above, not to a comment. Perhaps the alternate URL fomat confused you, so here's a different link to the same 'FPP'. ;-)

Whatever, if you like sounds mixed with maps, check out this old post which has tons and tons of links (many courtesy of one insomnia_lj!) to field recordings, audio ecology sites and such...
posted by jack_mo at 6:05 AM on March 7, 2006

Heh, whoops.

That "previously on MeFi" link wasn't in the FPP wasn't there before, was it?
posted by joshuaconner at 1:34 AM on March 8, 2006

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