Welcome to the first of what will be a regular column at RE:VIVE called “Sample Pack”. These sample packs will feature mixes of archival sounds that we’ve come across that we think will be interesting for you to sample. The sounds will range from digitized wax cylinder recordings, old 78s, folk songs, field recordings, ambient sounds, ethnographic recordings, lost languages. The materials are sourced from archives and collections all over the world. Some of these sounds represent the everyday while others are rarer than rare and older than your grandparents.
In advance we’d like to extend a big thanks to all the institutions who have spent their time digitizing these materials and making them available online for all to use and enjoy under an open license.
Note: quality may vary. Wax cylinders and 78s are organic materials and deteriorate quite quickly! Also, we’ve only chosen materials that are available under an open license but be sure to check the licensing before you start using any of the samples commercially.
So here it is your first sample pack. It features materials that span from the 19th century to 2014 and reach from Ireland to Japan. It’s a true mix of some archival beauties. Let’s see what you can come up with.
Ταίριασα μάνη μ’ ταίριασα ( (1996)
Wasstraat / Car Wash (2014)
Something a bit modern here. The sounds of a fully automated car wash, recorded from inside a car. The dynamics are actually quite interesting and as the car enters farther into the wash it really starts to become a cacophony of percussion, static and beeps. CC BY, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.
The cat that ate the candle, performed by Dan Sullivan’s Shamrock Band (1927)
An old traditional Irish reel recorded way back in 1927. This isn’t the original recording, obviously. Public Domain, Irish Traditional Music Archive.
Axe Grinder (2014)
Axe grinder at the axe smith at Hults Bruk, Norrköping, Sweden. Over at the Hults Bruk in Östergötland, there are smiths who carry out work that not many others are able to do anymore. The sound was recorded by Torsten Nilsson. CC BY, Arbetes Museum.
Digte – Flyv, fugl! Flyv (Poem- Fly bird! Fly) by Johan Peter Emilius Hartmann (1896)
Recital de Enrique Morente (1971)
Ya venimos de la guerra de África porque todo lo trae la pasión-Rosina Encarnada (1978)
Heart breakingly beautiful a Capella track sung by Rosina Encarnada. CC 0, Biblioteca Digital de Castilla y León.
Side A: [Histoire des] 47 Rônins: bataille nocturne. Side B: Musique de temple shintoïste (1930s?)
An old 78 (image featured above) from the National Library of France of two traditional Japanese songs recorded sometime in the 1930s by an unknown individual. This one is a true gem, folks. Public Domain, National Library of France.
Download the whole sample pack here.