March 18th, 2012

Street noises recorded while walking through the most touristy area of Montmartre, in Paris, France. Streets visited include rue des Saules, rue Norvins, rue du Mont Cenis, rue du Chevalier de la Barre, rue du Cardinal Guibert, rue Azais, rue Saint Eleuthere, in that order. Highlights include:

00:00-00:30-> Walking south along the relatively quiet Saules ("Willow") Street in Montmartre; footsteps and squeaking boots.

00:42-01:02-> Street-cleaning truck passing on the same street

01:02-01:30-> Piano playing inside a restaurant on Norvins street

01:30-01:36-> Rock music in some other shop

01:44-01:46-> Kids running past

01:56-01:58-> Barely audible music somewhere, under heavy crowd sounds

01:56-02:59-> Crowd noises, clinking silverware and plates in the restuarants I'm passing, increasingly heavy crowd

03:00-03:21-> Passing van, followed by another bus

03:21-04:06-> Ill-behaved young males ruining my take with strange ape-like cries

04:06-04:17-> I think this was a passing taxi.

04:20-05:08-> Someone playing a steel drum on the ground in Mont Cenis street

04:43-------> Someone closing a gate, I think

05:16-05:18-> American tourist exclaiming at close range in Chevalier de la Barre street

05:53-06:18-> Street portrait artists talking and joking with each other

06:30-07:25-> Someone playing the harp on Cardinal Guibert street next to the basilica, partially drowned out by a passing car

07:25-08:23-> Someone singing on the steps in front of Sacré-Coeur. He had a powerful but distorted amplifier--the bad sound quality was like that in real life. I turned around in front of the basilica on this dead-end street and that's why the music switches sides.

08:23-08:40-> Yes, that's a chainsaw. The city was trimming some large trees.

09:33-09:47-> More chainsaw noise as I walked past the workers on Azais street.

10:00-11:00-> Increasing crowd noise as I walk back north to the busiest part of Montmartre along Saint Eleuthere street.

Recorded with a hand-held H4n at 96 kHz / 24-bits, stereo, compressed into 160 kbps / 44.1 kHz / 16 bits MP3. Recording date March 16, 2012, in the early afternoon.


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    Raj_krishan_Ghosh 2 years, 2 months ago

    Really appreciate the sharing of this sound effect! It is now used in the third episode of our youtube video. Attributions can be found in the description box. Here is the link:
    Please accept our sincere gratitude!

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    pr1mal 5 years, 7 months ago

    I've cooked some musical experiment using your recording - here is the result https://soundcloud.com/pr1mal/montmartre-madness

    All the sounds are taken from your recording, I applied various effects to some them, so sometimes they may not sound like something "real"

    Hope you enjoy it :)

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    sebastien@joncoux.com 6 years ago

    Bonjour. I’m directing a film called Plus-que-Réel (more than real), I really like your sound and will use it. Thanks a lot for it :) Sj.

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    mlsprovideos 6 years, 5 months ago

    I love this, thank you !

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    Hugo 6 years, 11 months ago

    Wow. So beautiful & evocative. Really transports you there. Thank-you!

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