The Freesound team proudly announces that we have finished the migration and are finally back!
If you find any bugs or broken things please report them in the forums or using the contact form.
Thank you for your patience and understanding!
- the Freesound team
the server that is currently hosting Freesound is getting older and has realised that time has arrived to leave this job for younger and faster machines. For that reason tomorrow (thursday 25th of October) we’re migrating Freesound to our brand new servers! With that hardware upgrade we’ll be able to handle more requests and make Freesound faster.
Downtime will start around 11 AM (Spanish time, GMT+1). We are planning to be back before 5 PM. After the migration we will greatly appreciate if you notify us about anything you see that is not working well. Freesound has been constantly growing and has become quite a complex system with many many many little things to take into account!
That is all for the moment!
the Freesound team
Be afraid!…. Be very afraid!
Because the Dares are back!
And this month we celebrate Halloween so we await for your scary entries… if YOU dare!
Muaah ah ah ah ah !
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some months ago we introduced a new anti-spam measure to reduce the amount of spam in the forums. This has been working quite well, but we are aware that there is still spam out there and we have been advised that spam is still being sent through private messages.
For that reason, we introduced a new feature that allows the Freesound community to collaboratively help removing spam. You’ll now be able to report sound comments, forum posts or private messages as being spam. We’ll keep track of these reports, and manually “check” these users whose comments, posts and messages have repeatedly being marked as spam.
That is all for the moment!
Keep on freesounding!
the Freesound team
As you may have read in previous posts, email has been quite a nightmare for us during the last few weeks. The problem was triggered by successive changes in the limits of the service we were using, of which we had no prior notice. In addition, the university campus where Freesound runs is closed at this particular time in the year, which further limited our ability to react.
We have now started using a specialized service for email, which is working very well. This may not be the final solution, but it will certainly allow us to transition smoothly in any case. We can now tell for sure that our problems are gone, and emails are sent normally. Once more some emails have been lost in the process. If you didn’t receive your activation email, click on resend activation code on the registration page.
So that was it. Enjoy the summer, and happy freesounding!
The Freesound Team
In the frame of the Campus Gutenberg event, organized by the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona), there is an open call for recording sounds related to science and upload them to Freesound.
How do you think science may sound? chemistry, mathematics, biology…
The challenge is to collect as much sounds as possible in order to be played in public on September 18th ,2012 during the Campus Gutenberg event.
To participate just have to record a sound that represents any scientific discipline and use the following tags:
Tag 1: Campus-Gutenberg
Tag 2: choose one of the following:
Tag 3: a tag that describe your sound
The deadline for uploading sound is August 26th
Campus Gutenberg is an open and free activity that will take place on the 17 and 18 of September at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. Find all the information: http://www.occ.upf.edu/gutenberg/?page_id=315
During the days our server was banned, we accumulated a large pile of unsent email. Yet, in order to avoid being banned again, we have to send these at a very slow rate. Unfortunately during this process some emails have been marked as undeliverable and lost forever. For those who asked: delays in moderation have nothing to do with email. Also we have NOT sent any email with “null” sender address or anything like that.
We hope that the queue will be cleared in a few days. If you registered and you don’t receive the activation email in 3 or 4 days, you can click “Resend activation code” in the registration page (but please, not yet!).
The queue is now cleared, email should be working fine. Back to normal!
Broken again! Something changed at our provider side, working on it …
As many of you have noticed, email from Freesound is currently not working. This means that it is not possible to register, and that emails related with the forum, comments and private messages are not being sent.
The problem is that the way we like Freesound to work we have to send many emails. Sending large amounts of email is no simple thing, it may overload servers, and it may bear confusions, such as our email being reported as spam and our domain blacklisted. We use an external provider for sending email, and at the moment our server has been banned from sending more messages. We are working with them in order to clarify and resolve the situation. Hopefully we’ll be back in business soon!
Last week took place the Music Hack Day in the context of the Sónar Festival in Barcelona. The Freesound team was present and showing some new functionalities we have been implementing for our API (check the developers page if you want to learn more about that!). It was a big success, and a lot of hackers used the Freesound API to create amazing new applications! Furthermore, the Freesound Team won nothing less that four awards (given by The Echonest, Reactable Systems and Zvooq) for our hacks!
You can read more about all the hacks done in the Music Hack Day wiki. Here it goes a summary of those hacks related to Freesound:
What if there was a place where sounds could be stored for future generations, like objects in a museum?
Wait a minute… There is such a place: Freesound!
I could ramble on and on about this but I won’t. Please read the posts instead. Main post here for ‘rules’ and posting links to samples uploaded:
(please read the bit about tags and tag your samples accordingly!)
Also here, if you want to discuss / comment:
So Freesounders, I dare you to search high and low (attics and basements, garages, museums and old shops…).
Another important point… your school or university may have a considerable amount of old, outdated, obsolete equipment stored away… You might be surprised of what you might discover and be allowed to record if you speak to some of your teachers…