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Below was an audio collaboration page, intended to be inspiring and a place to collaborate with others to find or create a collection of sound recordings useful for constructing a sound logo for Wikimedia. The Wikimedia sound logo contest was open from September to October, 2022. Thanks to hundreds of Wikimedia volunteers who participated in and supported this project and thousands of people from around the world that submitted their version of the sound of all human knowledge to the contest. With this participatory, open contest, and a community vote, we now have a winner. Have a listen above.
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 Sounds
|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 markup
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?
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 sounds
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?
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