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These effects are high-quality, first generation copies of original nitrate optical sound effects from the 1930s & 40s created for Hollywood studios. They were collected by a prominent sound editor who worked in the industry for 44 years. The fragile optical elements were donated to USC, and transferred to tape by USC Cinema students in the early 1970s. I have digitized them for preservation, but they have not been restored. You may want to use some noise reduction. Or you may embrace the noise of history.

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I have been recording and manipulating sound since 1964. After graduating from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, I worked as a sound editor and production mixer in Hollywood, specializing in noisy action-adventure films that are blamed for the downfall of society. I am now Academic Sound Coordinator in the School of Film/Video at California Institute of the Arts.

craigsmith's latest sounds

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Mission control to launch vehicle...Flight chatter for out of space. Voices over radio and some beeps, breaks and hissing. Hissing ...

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Ascending and descending windy whir. Would be good for a desolate planet or a tornado. Caught in a wind storm. ...

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Low rumbling storm wind with one creak. Interior point of view or distant, "aftermath" feeling. Very short clip.