Unusual Sounds

Rhythmic Loops from a 1909 oil-powered engine

Here’s a set of six rhythmic loops ranging from 74 BPM to 145 BPM crafted from this incredible sounding oil-powered engine posted to YouTube by ‘rustymotor’. 1909 10HP Blackstone oil engine was used for pumping water from a river to a market garden. The engine was sabotaged in the 1920s by someone blowing up the […]


How Do Talking Drums Work?

I’ve been making my way through this wonderful collection of records from 1952 made by famous ethnomusicologist Hugh Tracey. Here’s one of my favorites so far on talking drums from Congo. This material is copyrighted, but as far as I can tell, totally unavailable anywhere online. I suspect Hugh Tracey himself would be very happy […]


Mighty Masked Contrabass (Sample Set Download)

I was browsing Reddit a few months ago and came across this YouTube video of a mad Italian fellow who plays a pocket trumpet with a contrabass reed instead of a regular mouthpiece. (See below.) Spectacular and beautifully weird, don’t you think? Well, I got in touch with this masked wobble bass crusader (Piero Bittolo […]


“Full Ensemble” loops for remixing – check them out!

Nestled deep within SampleSwap (inside MELODIC SAMPLES & LOOPS) you’ll find a folder named FULL ENSEMBLE BPM. Crappy name, I know. But *lovely* and inspiring samples. Have a look.


Ze Frank : Making music with your pain

Ze Frank asked his extended community to leave voice mail describing their pain & suffering. Then he asked some DJ’s and audio freaks to convert those voicemails into a set of percussive, loopy & twisted samples. Now he’s asking you to make music with these 60+ MB of sounds…


Real space noises

Need some seriously analog sounds? How about some recordings of actual electromagnetic signals generated by Earth’s atmosphere, our solar system & deep space?