Song Work

The library serves as an open resource of high-quality sound for artists and musicians. All sounds are Creative Commons licensed and can be downloaded and used for anything, for free. Through commissions, collaborations and invitations to respond to sounds in the collection, the project aims to inspire the creation of new ‘work songs’ for the 21st century.

You can also use the site to make an instant soundtrack of immersive, ambient ‘grey’ noise when working from home. Repeatedly clicking on the play function on the homepage will trigger multiple sounds at random, meaning you can quickly build a soundscape of continuous white noise to help keep you focussed. 

How and where we work is changing. Factory closures, increased automation, and more of us working from home means many of the sound environments we would have formerly been immersed in are being lost. Together with our partners at the National Library of Scotland and British Library Sound Archive, SONG WORK hopes to conserve the sound heritage of work environments in Scotland and beyond. You can help contribute to the project by submitting your own workspace field recordings.

SONG WORK was developed by artist Siôn Parkinson with help from Andy Truscott. 

Supported by Creative Scotland. Project advisor National Library of Scotland.

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