When users download a file from SONG WORK, the recording they receive will be in its original uncompressed state, just as it was when submitted to us.
The kinds of sounds we hope to archive include field recordings of machinery, background or ambient noises of factories and other industrial environments, the sounds of hand-making processes in workshops or studios, and so on. Typically, these kinds of sounds will not come from a source that is copyrighted, but please ask permission from the owner or proprietor of the workplace you are visiting to carry out field recording, then download and fill out our online consent form
Please do not submit recordings of interviews, singing (even in in the background such as from a radio), or sounds that include human voices, other than incidentally (for example, the sound of unidentifiable individuals speaking in the background). We won’t be able to use them. This is in part to keep things simple with copyright licensing and consent. But also, it’s not the main focus of the project.
Guidelines for uploading your recordings:
Only upload field recordings made by you. To allow us to archive and share your audio, you must have recorded the sound yourself.
Because of their higher quality, we prefer flac, wav, and aif files. But we also accept mp3, m4a and ogg.
Recordings can be of any duration (ideally no shorter than one minute), but uploads are currently limited to 500MB.
Recordings should be unprocessed. That is, they should not be stretched, slowed down, sped up, or have any effects applied to them, such as reverb or delay.
Uploaded recordings are moderated and must be approved by SONG WORK before they will appear on the website.