Sound

This has been on the internet a lot over the past week, but I’m here to mop up the stragglers who haven’t spotted it yet.

You can now enjoy over 16,000 sound effects recorded by the BBC Sound Effects Department. And what’s more, you can download them and use them (with certain conditions applied) wherever you want.

Fair enough.

What you can do is use it for non-commercial purposes. Or just have loads of fun with it.

This being the BBC, and these sound effects having been collected over a number of years, they are stuffily described in great detail:

This camera, for example:

Multiple shutter click with wind-on of 6 by 6 cm SLR Hasselblad camera.

Or this cash register:

Type Ninety-Six One – keyboard operated, ticket produced, drawer opens, bell, change given, coins put in drawer and closed – 1969 (23Z,reprocessed)

As if someone looking for a cash register noise was ever going to turn around and say:

“Oh dear. I was looking for a Type Ninety-Six TWO. This will never do. Back to the drawing board, I guess.”

The search feature seems to work very well, which is good, given that there are 16,013 different files for your delectation.

I was quite intrigued by this offering:

Beagle Pup, exterior recordings. Aerobatics.

Why can’t our beagle do that? That would be spectacular.
But then I realised that:

The Beagle B.121 Pup is a 1960s British 2–4 seat single-engined training and touring aircraft built by Beagle Aircraft Limited at Shoreham Airport and Rearsby Aerodrome.

If you want to experience a far more realistic version of being a beagle owner, you should listen to this gem:

Dogs: Beagles, Interior, two being fed, fight breaks out at 1’50”, growling and sniffing.

Yep. Sounds pretty much par for the course. 😐

Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)

I downloaded several (if not more) albums this week, because on reflection my iPod needed an injection of perfection.
I’m not convinced that it got it, but there’s some decent stuff there anyway.

Some of it is this:

Which is growing on me, as 80’s revival synthpop is wont to do.
Rodeo-themed videos less so, but you can’t have everything.
The album is confusingly called Singles and – by first impressions anyway – gives you much more of the same.

Add some Cleveland indie rock, some Finnish power metal (yes, really), some dodgy English pub punk and a bit of Elbow, and you’ve got some kind of view into my twisted musical mind.

Get out while you still can.

Mended…

Sterling work by Charl from Telkom and Aldo from Afrihost has re-established the internet connection at 6000 Towers and, in addition, re-established it at some decent speed.

Suddenly:

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Now all I have to do is decide if we can actually afford and justify the hefty price for reasonably quick, reasonably stable internet in South Africa.