[artinfo] The Freesound Project

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Wed Sep 2 19:20:55 CEST 2009

Review of The Freesound Project by Rob Myers

The Freesound Project web site (http://www.freesound.org) is a Free 
Culture sound repository
similar to OpenClipArt for illustration, Project Gutenberg for text 
or the Prelinger Archive for film. Launched in May 2005 in Barcelona 
by the Music Technology Group of Pompeu Fabra University, it quickly 
attracted contributors and an audience from around the world.

Freesound is a sound repository rather than a music or audio 
repository. It contains samples of noises rather than of music or 
spoken word recordings. If you do want music there are several 
excellent music sites elsewhere on the Internet, from an artistic 
point of view notably Sal Randolph's OpSound. But these focus on 
completed tracks rather than raw sound materials, and are limited to 
music. Freesound has no such limitation.


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