April 20, 2018
From the unusual to the downright bizarre.
The BBC’s vast sound archive is open to the public.
Thanks to the BBC Sound Effects website, you can freely download over 16,000 sound effects in WAV format for “personal, educational or research purposes”.
The database is tagged and searchable, so you can easily find everything from animal sounds and talking dolls to the sound of furnace glass burners and rattling window frames. It appears to cover most of the BBC’s lifespan, with effects from the 1920s onwards.
If you need more unusual sound samples, check out NASA’s SoundCloud or a drum kit made from space testing facility sounds.