sflib/world

("world" and non-Western sound sources)

This catchall directory includes sounds from various ethnic and non-Western cultures, mostly drawn from Eastern Europe and the near East. Many additional "ethnic" and non-Western samples are included within several of the other sflib directories (e.g. gamelan and chinaperc). Becasuse we have accumulated so many chordophone (stringed instrument) samples from non-Western cultures, these have been consolidated within a separate worldstring directory.

I. Vocal Sounds

  • Romanian folk music (2 soundfiles): romanivocal.1 romanivocal.2
  • Flamenco Vocals:
    • Singing (2 soundfiles): flam.sing.1 flam.sing.2
    • Chanting, speaking, exclamations (12 soundfiles): flam.voices.1 through flam.voices.12
    • yell ("ya-hoo!")

II. Aerophones

  • Accordian (acc) : 6 multisamples of accordian bass register tones, acc.gs1 through acc.cs3
  • hackbrett (a rather coarse-sounding tenor horn-like instrument) : 6 multisamples, hackbrett.fs2 through hackbrett.fs4
  • snakecharm : 9 chromatic multisample soundfiles (cs4 through a4) of a rather raucous snake charmer aerophone from Ceylon
    24 ethnic flute samples of short melodic riffs, turns, trills and effects; I do not know the national origin of the flutes used in these samples

III. Quasi-Pitched Sounds

  • Accordian: acc.gliss acc.trill
  • Romanian fiddling : fiddle.gliss fiddle.noise fiddle.screech fiddle.talk
  • whistles : foudang.1 foudang.2
  • yodeling : yodel.1 yodel.2

IV-VI Percussive Sounds

IV. Idiophones

  • woodstick
  • kalabass (in water, from Kanjaling pregnancy ceremony)
  • watercan
  • Slaps and Clicks:
    • 2 reverberant slapstick hits (slap.wet.1 and slap.wet.2)
    • 3 dry, higher-pitched slapstick hits (slap.dry.1 through slap.dry.2)
    • 3 high-pitched clicks: click.hi.1 through click.hi.3

V. Membranophones and Wooden Drums

  • Nigerian Bata Drum Set:
    • Emelako : emelako.hi emelako.lo emelako.med
  • Mandinka Drum Set:
    • djembe (large wooden drum)
    • junjumba (oil can drum): junjumba.1 junjumba.2
    • junkuranding (small wooden drum)
    • sabaro (wooden drum): sabaro.1 sabaro.2 sabaro.roll1 sabaro.roll2
    • tantango (bass wooden drum): tantango.1 tantango.2
  • Drums
    • A bass drum (drum.e2), 2 samples of a drum pitched at d#3 (drum.ds3.1 and drum.ds3.2), and a snare drum (drum.snare)
    • Large and small tamas : tama.lg1 tama.lg2 tama.sm1 tama.sm2
  • 33 darabuka soundfiles : The darabuka is a conga-like membranophone played with fingertips, that is common in Morocco and many other Arab countries. It is sometimes also called a dumbek.
  • The darabuka samples include both isolated multisampled hits in "normal"and "hollow" timbres, short glissandi and short riffs.

VI. Miscellaneous Percussion

  • bulu, sounding like small, "dry," high pitched agogo bells; 6 samples (bulu.1 through bulk.5, and bulu.grace), pitched approximately fs5 through as6
  • maracas : maraka.1 maraka.2
  • 26 tamburin (mideastern tambourine) soundfiles, including strikes, shakes and flams, with and without jingles. (Note: Western tambourines are included within the sflib perc directory.)
  • Romanian claps, steps and vocal chants:
    • Individual foot steps: step.1 through step.5 and stereo versions of these same soundfiles, STstep.1 through STstep.5
  • Claps, steps and vocal chants or shouts:
    • clapstepvoice.1 through clapstepvoice.9 and stereo versions of these soundfiles, STclapstepvoice.1 through STclapstepvoice.9
  • Claps and steps: clapstep.1 through clapstep.8 and stereo versions of these soundfiles, STclapstep.1 through STclapstep.8
  • rapid dance steps: tapdance.1 through tapdance.6

Many of the soundfiles within this directory were taken from the World Colours compact discs. DAT copies of this complete 2 disc set, with many additional sound sources, are available as part of the ECMC Library of Sound Samples, and can be checked out for use. Other samples were derived from the Pro Samples series World Instruments compact disc. Most of the samples from these two sources are copyrighted. We have licensed them for use at the ECMC, but you cannot make copies of or distribute these soundfiles.