September 13th, 2020

I recently contributed a track to a Triple LP set of krautrock cover versions ("Head Music 2", released by Fruits De Mer Records, December 2020). The song I chose to cover was Kraftwerk's "Autobahn".

If you know the track, you'll know that it uses synthesised traffic sounds alongside recordings of the same. On my version, I achieved these in three ways:

1) I downloaded some public domain traffic sound effects from elsewhere here on freesound.org (thanks, guys!)

2) I got in my car with my Zoom recorder and made my own recordings of the engine starting, stopping, etc

3) I made my own sound effects using virtual synths and effects in Ableton Live 10

This particular sound falls into the third category.

Let me stress that while the song "Autobahn" is copyrighted, these are isolated sound effects and are not covered by copyright. I'm making them available here under a public domain licence.

If you download and use any of these samples, please let me know in the comments what you did with them. It's not compulsory but it would be interesting to know what people did with these sounds.


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    vrstylvlln 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Just DL'd a few of your samples to possibly create a sweeping very JohnCagey piece of early Musique Concrète.......

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