You maybe didn’t know this yet, but Freesound has just turned 10 this month! The project started out as an all-red website back in the days. It was built on rather shabby technology and has by now grown way beyond its initial goals. Way back in 2005 I took Xavier Serra‘s idea of “having a website where composers can exchange sounds” for ICMC 2005. I hacked together something rather rudimentary and invited some of my friends over. We started adding a few sounds and very quickly Freesound unexpectedly exploded into a massive sprawling community.
Freesound was rewritten from scratch to support the high demand and by now I’m no longer involved in Freesound on a fulltime basis: other amazingly capable people at the Music Technology Group have taken over while I moved a bit more to the background. I still keep an honorary position in Freesound as the “Self-Proclaimed Benevolent Dictator for Life” which is probably why I’m writing this happy post…! 😉
So, what about the next 10 year? Well, many plans are brewing!! As you might know, a lot of research is being carried out in the Music Technology Group, including plenty of research related to Freesound. Work is being done to improve the way in which sounds are stored, analysed and described. Improvements in searching and browsing would be a first result from this work. Improvements in uploading and describing sounds a second. The Freesound Team is also starting collaborations with third parties and preparing really exciting new research and development projects that will support Freesound in the coming years. Stay tuned, future looks promising!
So, what about some fun nerdy statistics?
- 240 000 sounds, uploaded by 13 000 people. If all sounds were played after one another, Freesound would by now play for 146 days straight!
- More than 4 million people have signed up to download sounds more than 65 million times.
- More than 50 000 people visit us each day.
Bram – in the name of the Freesound Team
PS: have you freed your sound today??!