Communications/Sound Logo/Sound collaboration
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Voting is now closed. Before revealing the winner, there will be rounds of legal due diligence and, if necessary, the winning sound will be professionally re-recorded. We are hoping to announce the final contest winner between the end of February and April 2023. Stay tuned!
Below is an audio collaboration page, intended to be a place to work with others to find or create a collection of sound recordings that could be useful for constructing a sound logo for Wikimedia. Many recordings below come from Freesound.org and have been clearly released as CC0/public domain on the site. It's also good to find audio that is already on Wikimedia Commons that is dedicated by someone as their “Own Work”.
Please feel free to edit your ideas, themes, examples, audio and anything else below.
Themes and ideas of what the logo could represent are in one column. The next column describes examples of what corresponding sounds could be used to show the themes, while the final columns are high-quality, CC0 or public domain audio recordings. You can play multiple recordings at once to get a sense of what feelings can be communicated by mixing sounds together.
Note: play all sounds at once to hear a combined sound.
Themes, Ideas and SoundsEdit
|Puzzle||locking, mechanical clicking|
|Enlightenment||gong, bell, ding, spark||Gallery of gongs
Gallery of Ghana bells
||Gallery of Glockenspiel sounds|
|Flow||Rivers, streams, fluids|
|Crowd||Noisy outdoor crowd, clapping crowd, voices, choir|
|Geography||Gravel under boots, commuter jet, commuter train,|
|Literature||Pages flipping in a book, books, typing||Gallery of sounds of pages turning|
|Math science||beeps (sputnik), camera shutter release||Gallery of achemical elements|
|Sport||Race cars, basketball dribbling, shoes on gymnasium squeak, scoreboard buzz, Referee whistle|
|General ambience||Campfires, forests, deserts, wind||Gallery of Ambience|
|Biology||Heartbeats, cricket chirp|
|Question & Answer|
|Free & Open knowledge|
Mediawiki audio markupEdit
These tools are freely licensed (libre) and free from cost (gratis).
- Audacity - libre audio editing software
- MilkyTracker - libre tracker software (good for waveform editing)
- MuseScore - free and open-source scorewriter software
- Spek - spectrogram viewer, for visually comparing audio files
- LMMS - free & open source, multiplatform digital audio workstation.
These tools don't cost any money (gratis).
- OnlineSequencer — helpful for playing with note intervals (only 12-semitone equal temperament supported, however)
- Web browser
- Waveform / Tracktion — few limitations to think of. Potentially too simple for advanced users but advanced users would likely already have their own preferred platform...simple to use but advanced sounds
- Linux, macOS, Windows
- Pro Tools First — Intro to industry standard; 16 track limit (likely not relevant in the context of the sound logo contest)
- Windows, macOS
- Cubase LE — Limited track capacity
- Android smartphone, Windows, macOS Chromebook, iPad, iPhone, other tablets
- Ableton Live Lite — Easy sampling + midi; 8 track limit (likely not not relevant in the context of the sound logo contest)
- Windows, macOS
- Soundation – A web-based multiplayer DAW with three projects included in the free plan. Virtual instruments and effects plus more that 20k samples
- Comparison of digital audio editors
- Freesound.org free licensed sounds
- BigSoundBank.com free and royalty free sounds library
Didn't find the sound you need?Edit
Add your name here and describe what kind of sound you're looking for. Someone may be able to help you record the sound.
- MKaur- Sound of water droplet and gentle drizzle sound
- Add your name
Help record soundsEdit
Can you record a sound and upload it to Wikimedia Commons under a CC0 license? Please add your name here and any details about the type of sound recording you can make.
- Add your name
Thinking about a different theme? Different sound concepts?Edit
If you have a different theme you're thinking about, please share. What is your prompt and what does it feel like? What would it sound like? We'd love to hear from you.
- Add theme or concept here