The Freesound Project

A database of Creative Commons licensed sounds. ” The Freesound Project aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, … released under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus License. The Freesound Project provides new and interesting ways of accessing these samples, allowing users to browse the sounds in new ways using keywords, a “sounds-like” type of browsing and more.”

You can search by tags, descriptions or filenames, but results can be uneven. Searching for “birds ocean”, “birds sea” or “birds water” returned no results. However, searching for “gulls” returned a handful, including one called “GullsByTheSea.wav” that was tagged “birds | field-recording | gulls | nature | purist | sea”. Odd.

If you do find a sound you are interested in, you can click “find similar sounds” (or even “find dissimilar sounds”), which seems to prove more entertaining than actually helpful (similar sounds to seagulls apparently include “applause” and “wind in the pines”). At any rate, the site can be interesting for just browsing around, and the right-sidebar includes lists of the most popular downloads in the last day, and the highest rated sounds. This page shows the 150 most popular tags.

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