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ID this sound

My wife is opening a new daycare in a building that was a daycare before it went out of business a couple of years ago. It's not open yet and she is there alone cleaning, organizing, etc. This sound (short phone video clip) happens 2 or 3 times a day. She said it seems to be coming from a closet with a lot of pipes in it. Any idea what this is? She isn't sure if she should be calling a plumber, the HVAC guy, or the fire suppression systems guy.
posted by COD on Oct 4, 2016 - 5 answers

Repetitive words and phrases irrationally irritate me. Why?

Repetitive words or phrases irritate me way beyond all rational explanation. Can you help me understand why? [more inside]
posted by _Mona_ on Sep 13, 2016 - 13 answers

Dad (early 70s) is making weird sounds constantly. What could it be?

After some prolonged time with dear old dad in the car recently, I noticed he constantly makes weird little sounds and vocalizations when things are quiet. I don't think he has any idea he's doing this. What gives? [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Jan 21, 2016 - 21 answers

Happy Owl-oween! Outdoor microphone for listening to bird sounds indoors

My elderly dad would like to listen to bird, owl, and nature sounds that are going on outside of his house from inside the house. Is there an outdoor microphone and indoor receiver (amp? speaker? I'm not quite sure what I am looking for here) system that will do this for him easily? [more inside]
posted by ohohcyte on Oct 31, 2015 - 4 answers

Help me make Taiwan home

I am soon (as in at this moment) moving to Taiwan, from Canada. I would love any suggestions folks have about travel, advice for new arrivals, old memories of visits, last minute travel recommendations and more. [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation on Aug 18, 2015 - 9 answers

Joe Vs. The Volcano (ambient soundtrack)

We're throwing a tiki party and I would like to set the mood with some soundscape. Please recommend some online available jungle sounds and beats to set the vibe. [more inside]
posted by blackjack514 on May 6, 2015 - 16 answers

Noise is bad and scary! Toddler version

My otherwise healthy and happy 2-year-old is extremely frightened by noises of all sorts. The list includes dogs barking, cows mooing, chainsaws, the big bucket of water at the swimming pool, diggers, distant freight trains, vacuums, the popcorn popper, etc. This is really affecting his quality of life, and we're not sure how best to deal with it. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by forza on Feb 5, 2015 - 30 answers

What's the pediatric view on electronic toys for infants?

For Christmas this year, my 7-month-old daughter received a few electronic toys that beep or bloop, light up, and move. A couple purport to have educational value, and they're all relatively annoying (to dad). What's the view of the pediatric establishment of these toys? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jan 5, 2015 - 16 answers

What animals are making these vocalizations?

I live in Deerfield, MA, USA. These sounds are coming from a tree across the street. Both the whimpering-pup sounds and the louder squeals/screeches are coming from the same place. Any idea who is making these sounds?
posted by Camofrog on Jun 17, 2014 - 9 answers

What's this high-pitched whine I hear outdoors?

Shortly after moving into a new area in Toronto, I noticed a high-pitched, electronic sounding noise outdoors. It's really putting a damper on my enjoyment of my otherwise lovely deck. Can you help identify it? (Recording and details inside) [more inside]
posted by The Hyacinth Girl on May 14, 2014 - 18 answers

What is the You Tube Number Station?

Spy messages? Or just another public challenge? [more inside]
posted by TangerineGurl on May 10, 2014 - 5 answers

Tips for learning birdsongs?

The birds are back in town, and I wake up early enough to hear their songs before the traffic drowns them out. I'm no birder--I don't think I can identify any bird by its call, and only the five most "identifiable" birds by sight (and I'm probably wrong). What apps (iOS) and websites do you recommend to learn bird songs? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Apr 21, 2014 - 21 answers

Help identifying mystery sound

I have been hearing a sound in my ears for the past few years, which is definitely not tinnitus or blood flow. Can anybody give me any ideas as to what might be its cause? [more inside]
posted by Thing on Feb 25, 2014 - 9 answers

Can you identify this animal or insect sound?

The sound of this animal or insect was captured a few nights ago. I live in the Northeast, this was at night and the noisemaker in question was clearly high up in a tree. [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Oct 12, 2013 - 4 answers

Music and noises in my head - how to get them to stop?

I pretty much constantly have fragments of music, or bits of past conversations, or just random, repetitive noises playing over and over in my head. The problem has got worse in the past year or so, and now it's at the point where I pretty much can't bear it any longer. Is this normal, and how do I get it to stop? [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Jul 1, 2013 - 31 answers

Sound of da police

Why do police cars use different variations of their sirens? Sometimes it's a full on siren, but other times it's "woop...woop...woop" with a second or two in between. And other times they don't turn on the sirens at all but just haul ass down the street with the lights flashing. I thought it was about reducing noise to the neighbors if it's late at night, but that isn't the case. I haven't been able to figure out a pattern. Is it something about the urgency of where they're going to?
posted by RabbleRabble on Jun 21, 2013 - 15 answers

Where exactly is this police radio stock sound from?

When you play SimCity 3000 and put down a police station this sound played. How old is it? [more inside]
posted by daninnj on Jun 9, 2013 - 4 answers

How can I learn to roll my Rs?

Never been able to do it before; it never really mattered. Now I need to do it for a part... help! [more inside]
posted by Hartham's Hugging Robots on Jun 6, 2013 - 21 answers

Is there a movie that takes place in a completely different sound world?

I'm looking for movies with a sound design that changes all of the typical sounds of the world. Something like replacing all of the "normal" sounds with something strange, like doors closing would all sound like "pew!" or footsteps would all be "bloop" or something. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Mar 25, 2013 - 15 answers

Gamemaker Resources

I'm working with a group of kids to help them learn the very basics of GameMaker. I'm looking for libraries of sprites, backgrounds, and sounds to help them in the creation process. Are there ready-made libraries for educators out there. If I have to cobble it together on my own, what are good places to get the basics for making simple 2-dimensional games? Also: are there any good premade game templates (shooter, platformer, puzzle games) that we can use to get their ideas down? We're more interested in the story-telling process of game creation, and not so much the learning to program part. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Mar 25, 2013 - 3 answers

What are common pronunciation mistakes English speakers make in other languages?

I just found a list of common pronunciation mistakes English learners make depending on their first language background. What are typical pronunciation mistakes English speakers make when learning other languages? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Feb 22, 2012 - 44 answers

GUI-Customizable flash soundboard that assigns sounds to keypresses?

I need a simple program (an SWF preferably) that will let me assign locally-stored sound clips to my PC's keyboard. Something like the Jingle Keyboard freeware, or a flash soundboard, but will let me assign specific sounds to specific keys -- such as sound1.mp3 to C, sound2.mp3 to V, etc.. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Feb 16, 2012 - 2 answers

What sounds sound like no other sound?

A coworker bouncing a ping pong ball on his desk today made me think, "There is nothing else that sound could ever be confused for." Are there any other sounds that are unmistakeable for anything else?
posted by aquanet on Aug 18, 2011 - 38 answers

Gotta catch em' all (in San Francisco)

Compile me a list of all the small, unique things to see in San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by typography on Jul 14, 2011 - 30 answers

There's my clicky...

A loud call like castanets clacking in a cattail marsh: who makes that sound? [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow on May 4, 2011 - 16 answers

What happened to my dryer?

Why is was my electric dryer groaning? And what happened to it? [more inside]
posted by ErWenn on Apr 10, 2011 - 7 answers

What software extracts sounds by humming them?

What's the software or academic paper that isolates sounds by humming them? I remember seeing a demonstration video of this where the narrator removed a phone ringing by imitating its trill. He also removed the guitar from the AC/DC song Back In Black. I think the title was "Isolating Sounds Via Frequency Matching" but my google-fu has failed.
posted by Monochrome on Apr 1, 2011 - 8 answers

[hɛlp mi si junikod ɪn maɪ deɪtəbeɪs, ɔr maɪ dætəbeɪs ivɛn]

I'm using Navicat Lite to connect to my Oracle research database (Mac OSX). Much of my data is in IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). These are unicode symbols. Is there a way to display the IPA/Unicode in Navicat? Or some other GUI? Or is there some addon/code/plugin/whatever that will show me the symbols? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Mar 8, 2011 - 2 answers

Call me on my telephone... but not in song.

Where can I find where can I find ringtones/text message sounds made out of... tones (like the old school ones)? [more inside]
posted by darkgroove on Nov 30, 2010 - 13 answers

Why do different languages sound different?

Do we know anything about why different languages sound fundamentally different? What started the people who would eventually become French going "zhoh" in the first place? [more inside]
posted by marginaliana on Nov 8, 2010 - 29 answers

Does unpleasant reaction to high-frequency sound signify a health problem?

I experience dizziness and nausea after hearing high-frequency sounds. Neither my wife nor stepdaughter do, so I'm beginning to wonder- is there something weird going on with my ears/brain? [more inside]
posted by Jpfed on Oct 23, 2010 - 10 answers


What are your favorite royalty-free sound libraries? [more inside]
posted by CRM114 on Oct 18, 2010 - 4 answers

click click, who's there?

What is this clicking bug noise I heard at night? [more inside]
posted by jrishel on Aug 28, 2010 - 11 answers

take it apart

What are some blogs/posts/videos that deconstruct the production of specific songs? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Aug 21, 2010 - 9 answers

I've come to kill the rooster.

Recommend me good sounds for an alarm clock. [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Feb 24, 2010 - 7 answers

With the Knowledge of a Chemist, I Got the Special Formula

Rapper Edan uses an amazing spacey delay sound on some of his songs. How can I duplicate it? [more inside]
posted by orville sash on Feb 23, 2010 - 9 answers

The Sounds of Paris

Is there a soundtack of sounds of Paris available online? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Jan 30, 2010 - 1 answer

Sampler Platter

If you were a hip-hop producer, what song(s), artist(s), or sound(s) would you sample? I am having a lot of fun creating beats on my computer and am looking for some inspiration. I am already making full use of Pandora, Last.FM, Sample FAQ, WhoSampled, and FreeSound but am hoping for something a little more serendipitous. Answers could range from a complete 4 bar rip of a favorite song, sound effects from an obscure sci-fi movie, or the sounds heard in a Tokyo subway. This is about your aesthetic taste, not mine. Bass lines, explosions, laser guns, piano runs, orchestral movements, movie quotes, kick drums, laughing babies, bring it!. Answers do not include debates on sampling as music, copywriting, or Fair Use. Help this bedroom producer find the next killer sound.
posted by jasondigitized on Jan 26, 2010 - 21 answers

Can't sleep; sounds will wake me.

Auditory hallucinations at sleep onset wake me up. [more inside]
posted by LSK on Jan 20, 2010 - 12 answers

Listening to the movies.

Recommend some good movies to LISTEN to. [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Dec 14, 2009 - 40 answers

H-H-Help me find some S-S-S-amples

Where to get a great collection of prime classic synth / industrial -- think classic Moog meets Wax Trax -- samples in WAV format? I've found the free samples I've googled online to be lacking, and I'm willing to buy a collection. [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPAS on Dec 6, 2009 - 1 answer

One never properly *hears* a snowplow, maaaaaan.

I sleep with the window open during the summertime to hear the sounds of my small town. Now that fall is here and winter is coming, it would be awesome to be able to do this even with the window closed. [more inside]
posted by unixrat on Nov 14, 2009 - 14 answers

We wanna get Down & Nerdy. Now we need music.

Help me come up with opening theme music/sounds for a geek-oriented radio segment. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Jun 28, 2009 - 19 answers

Help me listen to a movie

Is there a service where I can download the sound track (dialogue, not the score) for a movie? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on May 11, 2009 - 3 answers

sound like wow?

hey, does this sound like a "wow"?
posted by defmute on Apr 20, 2009 - 6 answers


Check Engine light is on and there is a ominous whirling sound coming from my engine? [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Apr 14, 2009 - 13 answers

Where is Vista hiding that tricycle bell sound?

Every once in a while, my desktop computer emits a sound like a tricycle bell - the kind on the handlebars that you work like your thumb. It happens maybe once a day, maybe once every other day on an always-on Vista machine. I have been actually sitting at the machine when it happens and can detect not one single change. Curiosity is making me a little crazy. How can I find out what's making the sound? [more inside]
posted by susandennis on Nov 4, 2008 - 29 answers

Pro Sound Effects?

How do professionals handle sound effects? [more inside]
posted by lore on Nov 1, 2008 - 4 answers

I want Big Ben, only in Japanese

I've been trying to find recordings of an *electronic* clock tower chime, like in the first 5-10 seconds or so of this recording. Why an *electronic* version? I miss Japan. In Japan, you hear electronic bell chimes everywhere you go, from schools to supermarkets. I want to hear the "Japanese" version of the clock tower bells. I've spent a lot of time Googling "clock tower" and "clock bells" and haven't had too much luck. Any ideas? Bonus: if anyone could point me to inexpensive desk clocks that make these sounds, I'd greatly appreciate it!
posted by edjusted on Aug 10, 2008 - 7 answers

NYCFilter: Street name that sounds like hugo

I'm not from NYC, is there a street name that sounds like hugo? I got an address over the phone and clearly should have asked how to spell the name, anyone have an idea?
posted by karpet on May 22, 2008 - 12 answers

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